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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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London remains a highly attractive location for the conduct of complex, high-stakes, high-value dispute resolution, with areas of particular growth including regulatory-related litigation, enforcement issues and matters relating to cyber security and data breaches. Group litigation has also experienced an uptick, a trend expected to drive further growth in the burgeoning litigation funding sector. Major London players include the magic circle and other long-established market leaders such Herbert Smith Freehills and Hogan Lovells, alongside increasingly prominent US challengers led by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and White & Case.

Banking litigation: investment and retail

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Allen & Overy LLP's highly rated banking and finance litigation team advises on the full range of issues affecting clients in the financial sector, ranging from major regulatory investigations to high-profile disputes. The practice regularly works alongside the firm's specialists in banking, restructuring, derivatives and corporate trustee practices. It successfully defended Deutsche Trustee in English proceedings, which were brought by Dana Gas in relation to the enforceability of the repayment of an Islamic Bond under English Law. Calum Burnett heads the London litigation and investigations practice, while Andrew Denny has particular expertise in litigation involving complex structured financial products. Also key to the team are Mona Vaswani, Arnondo Chakrabarti, Mahmood Lone and James Partridge, along with counsel Oliver Rule; white-collar crime specialist Eve Giles was hired from Kingsley Napley LLP.

Practice head(s):Calum Burnett 

Other key lawyers:Andrew Denny; Calum Burnett; Mona Vaswani; Arnondo Chakrabarti; Mahmood Lone; Oliver Rule


'The experience of working with this team is unparalleled from a litigation perspective.'

'The team displays very sound judgement and a wealth of litigation experience.'

Work highlights

  • In one of the most significant actions brought by parties seeking to avoid their obligations in relation to contracts referencing interest rate benchmarks, the team acted for HSH Nordbank, Bayerische Landesbank, ING Bank and Caixa D’Estalvis in the successful defence against misrepresentation claims brought by Marme Inversiones.
  • Acted for a major bank in proceedings that relate to a structured finance transaction, the proceeds of which are alleged to have been embezzled by third parties.

Clifford Chance LLP's 'very thorough and well organised practice' is highly rated for its disputes expertise in financial products, derivatives, LIBOR rate setting, Forex manipulation, credit default swaps and and aircraft financing. It acted for Kaupthing Bank in high-profile claims of unlawful means conspiracy and malicious prosecution, which were brought by the Tchenguiz brothers against the collapsed Icelandic bank, Kaupthing, among others (including Grant Thornton and a former member of Kaupthing's winding-up committee). Ian Moulding leads the London-based banking litigation team, Helen Carty heads up the litigation and dispute resolution practice, and Matthew Newick is global dispute resolution head. Other highly rated partners include Roger Best, who has a strong track record of handling highly complex banking disputes, Simon Davis, widely respected for major banking litigation and investigation matters that frequently have international elements, Kelwin Nicholls, who acts in a range of litigation and contentious regulatory matters for banks, and Christopher Yates, who is particularly noted for finance disputes that have cross-border elements involving investments in developing economies. Kate Scott was made partner in 2019 and the senior associate to note is Lindsay Bickerton.

Practice head(s):Ian Moulding

Other key lawyers:Roger Best; Helen Carty; Simon Davis; Matthew Newick; Kelwin Nicholls; Christopher Yates; Kate Scott; Lindsay Bickerton


'The team does its research well, with huge attention to detail in preparing cases for trial.'

Key Clients

Bank of America

BNP Paribas


Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank


ICBC Standard Bank


Morgan Stanley


S&P Global

Work highlights

  • Advised S&P Global in claims brought by investors in multiple jurisdictions further to the financial crisis, including eight sets of representative proceedings brought by various investors in Australia in relation to synthetic collateralised debt obligations.
  • Defended Deutsche Bank against a €800m-plus claim that was brought by Dutch housing association Vestia in relation to derivatives transactions.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's 'lawyers have great experience with disputes in all banking sectors'. The practice acts in the largest, most complex and highest profile disputes in the London market, including defending group litigation against financial institutions. It also regularly works alongside the firm's widely respected financial services regulatory and corporate crime and investigations practices. Highlights included acting for Lloyds Banking Group (and five of its former directors) in a high-profile shareholder class action, which arose from the acquisition by Lloyds TSB of HBOS and the recapitalisation of the combined entity during the 2008 financial crisis. Rupert Lewis now leads the banking litigation practice in London, former banking litigation head Damien Byrne Hill is currently dispute resolution head across the UK and US, and Simon Clarke  acts in high-profile banking and financial services litigation, which often involve complex products and derivatives. Also highly rated are London class action practice head Harry Edwards, Julian Copeman, Chris Bushell, Kirsten Massey,  Natasha Johnson, Donny Surtani and John Corrie; the key senior associates are Ajay Malhotra and Emma Deas.

Practice head(s):Rupert Lewis

Other key lawyers:Damien Byrne Hill; Simon Clarke; Rupert Lewis; Natasha Johnson; Kirsten Massey; Harry Edwards; Donny Surtani; Julian Copeman; Chris Bushell; John Corrie; Ajay Malhotra; Emma Deas


'Now has one of the best, if not the best, banking litigation teams in the City.'

'The team has been instructed on most of the biggest banking disputes in London in recent years.'

'Rupert Lewis has established himself as one of the foremost banking litigators in the City; he has excellent industry knowledge and tactical judgement. In addition, he is greatly valued by his clients for his communication and matter management skills.'

'Damien Byrne Hill and Chris Bushell both have deservedly formidable reputations.'

'Adam Johnson QC is a very effective advocate.'

'Simon Clarke has an excellent understanding of capital markets products.'

'Kirsten Massey is superb at handling vast amounts of documentation and information, and is particularly adept at identifying and recalling key information during long-running litigation and enquiries.'

Work highlights

  • Acted for VTB Bank in bringing proceedings against the holding company of the well-known oligarch Oleg Deripaska for allegedly reneging on a series of loan guarantees.

Hogan Lovells International LLP 's 'highly organised and efficient team' acts for large, global and UK banks and financial institutions, and the team regularly advises on matters involving the Financial List, the specialist list set up by the Commercial Court to address the market's most important financial disputes. The team is also widely respected for financial services contentious regulatory matters, and stands out for cases involving benchmark manipulation, distressed assets, mis-selling, consumer finance, aviation finance, and complex structured products. They acted for the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers Holdings in two heavily contested, multi-party High Court applications which concerned the manner in which substantial sums fall to be distributed by two insolvent Lehman UK estates. Louise Lamb has a significant consumer finance practice and Philip Parish is experienced in disputes involving derivatives and complex financial products, including mis-selling and mismanagement claims. Also highly rated are Whiston Bristow and John Tillman , and the counsels to note are Jennifer Dickey and recently promoted Hannah Piper.

Practice head(s):Louise Lamb

Other key lawyers:Philip Parish; Whiston Bristow; John Tillman; Jennifer Dickey


'Has strength in depth throughout the team, which is able to marshal large volumes of information with ease and recognise the wider implications for clients of issues that arise in the course of individual cases; they can also be aggressive where necessary and will pursue marginal points to secure an advantage, yet know when to drop them if they become counterproductive to pursue.'

'The team is very client friendly and responsive.'

'Whiston Bristow is first rate and stands out amongst partners at other firms for his good judgement, sophistication and intelligence.'

'John Tillman is always very measured and instills a sense of calm; he is also very responsive and available to discuss any queries.'

Key Clients

Lehman Brothers Holdings Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers Holdings Plc.

Linklaters LLP  is widely recognised for its expertise in banking litigation involving insolvencies, derivatives and structured financial products, misrepresentation, fraud issues, mis-selling claims and contractual disputes, lender enforcement action, and consumer credit issues. The practice acted for PricewaterhouseCoopers as the joint administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE), in claims filed in the LBIE administration by a major bank following its purchase of Lehman Brothers' exchange-traded derivatives business in 2008. It has a deep bench of partners including Christa Band, who is known for crisis management, fraud, regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, and Patrick Robinson, who is highly rated for matters involving derivatives and structured products disputes, fund and private equity disputes, and contentious regulatory issues. Satindar Dogra  is head of the disputes team in London. Other experienced practitioners are Rory Conway, Susana Cao Miranda, Alison Wilson and Andrew Hughes . Gavin Lewis transferred to London from the Hong Kong office in 2019.

Practice head(s):Satindar Dogra; Christa Band

Other key lawyers:Patrick Robinson; Rory Conway; Susana Cao Miranda; Alison Wilson; Andrew Hughes


'Forward-thinking practice with excellent strategists.'

Key Clients

Bayerische Landesbank


Sberbank of Russia

Bank of New York Mellon

Barclays Bank

Novo Banco and NB Finance

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch (BNYM) in an appeal brought by the Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan, which arose out of BNYM’s decision to freeze over $22bn of funds and other assets of Kazakhstan. This followed a third party obtaining garnishment orders against Kazakhstan.
  • Advised Sberbank on a challenge to the recognition of Agrokor's Extraordinary Administration under the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006. The proceedings were issued in connection with the cross-jurisdictional restructuring of the Agrokor Group.

Slaughter and May's 'excellent all-rounders' act for a broad spectrum of clients in the financial sector, including investment banks, major building societies, accountants, hedge funds, actuaries and private equity firms, and the practice stands out for  high-value, technically-demanding, multi-jurisdictional disputes. In one of the largest and most significant global investigations undertaken by regulators since the financial crisis, the team acted for JPMorgan Chase & Co in regulatory and governmental investigations (and related civil claims) into foreign exchange trading at a number of banks. Sarah Lee is dispute resolution group head, Deborah Finkler has led on many of the firm's investigative and enforcement actions, and Jonathan Clark's practice includes advising on litigation involving complex derivatives transactions, benchmark manipulation and regulatory investigations. Also highly regarded are Richard Jeens, Ewan Brown and recently promoted partner Camilla Sanger. At associate level, Peter Wickham is also noted.

Practice head(s):Sarah Lee

Other key lawyers:Deborah Finkler; Jonathan Clark; Richard Jeens; Ewan Brown


'Outstanding legal skills and deep business knowledge.'


Key Clients

Mercuria Energy Europe Trading

JPMorgan Chase & Co

Work highlights

  • Defended Mercuria Energy Europe Trading against claims brought against it and its co-defendant, RBS, on the High Court's Financial List. The claims arose out of trading in the carbon emissions market in 2009.

Addleshaw Goddard's 'very well-run team' acts in a large amount of large, high-profile banking cases in the commercial court. Its full-service banking litigation practice¬†frequently advises on matters involving international elements and includes financial regulatory and financial crime expertise. It particularly stands out for derivatives and structured products litigation. It acted for¬†Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the City of Leipzig's¬†water authority, in its longstanding defence of an approximately ‚ā¨350m claim. The matter was brought by UBS and established new law on bribery.¬†Michael Barnett¬†is 'a very solid performer' and¬†Richard Clayton¬†and¬†James Herring¬†are also highly rated individuals, while¬†Sivan Daniels¬†and¬†David Wigg,¬†are senior managing associates. Mark Gill retired from the practice and Chris Brennan¬†left for¬†White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):Michael Barnett

Other key lawyers:Richard Clayton; James Herring; Sivan Daniels; David Wigg


'The partners empower their associates, thus giving them the ability to learn and develop into the partners of the future. The practice is also very good at cost management and stays on top of all the aspects of a case to ensure that it is managed well from Day One through to the end.'

'Terrific ability to hit the ground running in high-octane banking litigation when the pressure and sums at stake can be immense.'

'Michael Barnett is an excellent strategic thinker and a genuinely decent, all-round good guy. He is also easy to work with, manages his team very well, and has strong legal knowledge that he matches with commercial nous.'

'Richard Clayton has the experience and expertise to handle complex banking issues.'

Key Clients

Bank Leumi

Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig

Lloyds Bank


Netherlands Development Finance Company


Erste Abwicklungsanstalt


Ashurst's recent range of disputes includes advising banks on contractual interpretations, follow-on claims after enforcement action, defending senior individuals, and enforcement of major arbitral awards. Other areas covered are enforcement of security following borrower default, film investment schemes, fraud, deceit and conspiracy claims, freezing orders, and issues arising from restructurings and insolvencies. The  team defended Daiwa Capital Markets Europe against a $200m claim in the Supreme Court, which involved allegations of dishonesty and breach of duty. Lynn Dunne has a specialised financial institutions disputes practice that covers banking and contentious regulatory disputes, as well as insolvency and restructuring matters. Also key to the team are James Levy and Edward Sparrow.

Practice head(s):Lynn Dunne

Other key lawyers:James Levy; Edward Sparrow


'It has a deserved reputation as being one of the City's more cerebral firms. Clients instruct it on particularly complex and intellectually challenging pieces of litigation.'

'Jon Gale is a standout partner who always delivers.'

Key Clients

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe





Cerberus Capital Management

Close Brothers Asset Management

Premium Credit

The Royal Bank of Scotland Public Company

Work highlights

  • Led Cerberus Capital Management's successful defence against a well-publicised, high-value claim for conspiracy and concealed fraud.

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP's London office stands out for its handling of complex, cross-border and transatlantic banking litigation. Managing partner and practice head, Natasha Harrison, is highly rated for her assistance to hedge funds, investment banks and money managers in high-stakes disputes, and Fiona Huntriss' practice includes litigation involving distressed debt investments, securitisation, bank wind-downs, international insolvencies, complex financial arrangements, and sovereign debt. Will Hooker is also a key adviser, and Michael Jacobs and Melissa Kelley are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):Natasha Harrison

Other key lawyers:Fiona Huntriss; Will Hooker; Michael Jacobs; Melissa Kelley


'Natasha Harrison is someone clients want to fight their corner.'

Key Clients

Barclays Capital




Work highlights

  • Advised Barclays Capital (Barclays) on a long-running, high-value and complex dispute with the administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) which arose from Barclays’ acquisition of part of the Lehman Group.

Latham & Watkins' 'notably bright and hard-working team' is widely respected for complex, high-value disputes, frequently with cross-border elements or involving proceedings outside England and Wales, and the practice has significant knowledge of the regulatory regimes governing banks, brokers, hedge funds, investment managers and advisers, and swaps market participants. It acted for ABN AMRO Bank, a major global financial institution, in high-stakes litigation that arose from the collapse of Bernard Madoff Investments Securities, which is widely considered the largest Ponzi scheme ever. Jon Holland, Andrea Monks, Martin Davies and Oliver Browne  are highly rated, and the disputes team can draw on the expertise of three silks in Stuart Alford QC, Sophie Lamb QC and Philip Clifford QC. Dan Smith and Oliver Middleton are key counsels.

Practice head(s):Jon Holland; Andrea Monks

Other key lawyers:Martin Davies; Oliver Browne; Stuart Alford QC; Sophie Lamb QC; Philip Clifford QC; Dan Smith; Oliver Middleton


'Provides an outstanding service to its clients; the practice has a rigorous approach both to legal issues and strategic decisions in which the available arguments and options are analysed in depth in order to ensure that the case is presented as effectively as possible.'

'The lawyers are good communicators who engage sensibly with clients, opposing solicitors, and counsel; it is a pleasure to work with them.'

'Oliver Browne is extremely good with clients; he has excellent judgement, is sensitive to the commercial dynamics of any dispute, and understands that litigation is not an end in itself.'

'Dan Smith is a fine counsel, who is always eager to explore different angles on a case and often comes up with good points that others might have missed.'

Key Clients

Samba Financial Group


Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Madrid

SNS Global Custody

Quilvest Finance

Bank Julius Baer & Co

Trust Company of the West

Work highlights

  • Defended Samba Financial Group (Samba), one of the largest Saudi Arabian banks, in a long-running case which arose from the multi billion-dollar dispute between the Al-Gosaibi family, Maan Al Sanea and the Saad Group of companies. The claims were brought by the liquidators of Saad Investments for the alleged transfer of $318m trust assets to Samba.  

Mayer Brown International LLP’s 'team is extremely dedicated, efficient and very pleasant to work with'. The practice acts for investment banks, investment funds, asset managers, issuers of listed debt securities, and corporate trustees in high-value, high-profile disputes involving the wholesale financial markets, which usually have cross-jurisdictional elements. The practice is particularly known for disputes surrounding derivatives and structured products, commodities and financial crime. It represented UBS in litigation in London against German water services provider, Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, that arose from the enforcement of structured finance transactions. Ian McDonald leads the practice, of which Alistair Graham , Susan Rosser and Mark Stefanini are also key members. The counsels to note are Ruth Malone, Dan Hart and recently promoted Chris Roberts. White-collar partners Sam Eastwood and Jason Hungerford were hired from Norton Rose Fulbright, while David Allen retired from the practice.

Practice head(s):Ian McDonald

Other key lawyers:Alistair Graham; Susan Rosser; Mark Stefanini; Ruth Malone; Dan Hart; Chris Roberts


'The team anticipates the issues at stake and makes the strategy and the legal issues at stake easily understandable.'

'The practice is outstanding; its work is uniformly of high quality and it gives the client realistic and practical advice. It is also a complete pleasure to work with the firm's lawyers.'

Key Clients

Société Générale



ICBC Standard Bank

Wells Fargo

BNY Mellon

Principal Global Investors

Temporis Capital

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Société Générale in an appeal against a judgment that found that Société Générale had wrongly maintained freezing orders against a Turkish counterparty.

Norton Rose Fulbright is highly rated for its experience in significant, high-value banking and finance disputes, including complex cases in the Financial List. The practice is well known for disputes involving derivatives, bonds and structured finance, commodities and trade finance, and Islamic finance. It acted for The Law Debenture Trust Corporation, as corporate trustee, in its high-profile Commercial Court dispute against Ukraine. The matter was brought on behalf of note holders to enforce payment of notes issued by Ukraine, which it failed to repay on maturity. Michael Godden has considerable experience of wholesale, commercial and retail banking disputes, senior consultant Lista Cannon co-heads the global regulatory and investigations group, and Paul Morris focuses on disputes arising from structured finance products, civil fraud and asset tracing, and trade and commodity finance litigation. Also highly rated are Matthew Waudby, Radford Goodman and David Harris, while of counsel Dominic Hennessy and senior associate Alex Shattock are also experienced litigators. Growth in the team saw cross-border banking and finance disputes expert Harriet Jones-Fenleigh promoted to partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):Michael Godden

Other key lawyers:Lista Cannon; Paul Morris; Matthew Waudby; Radford Goodman; David Harris; Dominic Hennessy; Alex Shattock; Harriet Jones-Fenleigh

Key Clients

The Law Debenture Trust Corporation

Republic of Angola

Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets

Citicorp Trustee Company

Bank of Scotland

Agate Assets

Work highlights

  • Acted for Republic of Angola and the Angolan Central Bank in obtaining a $500m freezing order and proprietary injunction in relation to a complex, cross-border, civil fraud claim.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP 'has a diverse team of truly excellent litigators'. The firm's banking disputes work covers lender-liability actions, suits by loan participants, actions arising out of letters of credit, other forms of commercial paper, commercial and residential foreclosure actions, and loan fraud matters. The practice is also expert in matters involving derivatives. Highlights included acting for Ukraine against The Law Debenture Trust Corporation in a high-profile dispute over $3bn Eurobonds, which were purportedly issued by Ukraine. Sue Prevezer QC chairs the firm’s International trial practice and Richard East is co-managing partner of the London office which also fields London civil fraud practice chair Nick Marsh, Robert Hickmott, Matthew Bunting and Khaled Khatoun. Aidan O’Rourke was made partner in 2019, while Leo Kitchen joined as a senior associate from Slaughter and May.

Practice head(s):Richard East; Sue Prevezer QC

Other key lawyers:Nick Marsh; Robert Hickmott; Matthew Bunting; Khaled Khatoun; Aidan O’Rourke


'The firm runs lean and mean teams that are as professional as they come.'

'Alex Gerbi is a powerhouse - smart, savvy and always contactable. Clients feel safe when he is managing their dispute because he gets into the details and never gives up.'

'Richard East is a legend in the London market. When he is on a client's side, the client knows the case will be presented strongly.'

Key Clients


Receivers and managers of the Libyan Investment Authority

Pacific Investment Management Company

PCP Capital

Millennium Global Markets Credit Fund (in liquidation)

BlueMountain Capital Management

Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation

Caius Capital

Quantum Global Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the court-appointed receivers and managers of government-managed sovereign wealth fund Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) in claims against various financial institutions and third parties.

RPC's 'depth and availability is superb'. The banking and financial markets disputes team is one of the few City firms that is able to act for European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals against investment banks. It is also regularly involved in contentious insolvency and restructuring situations. Simon Hart is head of financial disputes, global head of commercial disputes Tom Hibbert, who is 'heads and shoulders above the rest of the banking litigation community', also leads the banking and financial litigation team, and Andy McGregor has extensive experience of managing banking disputes that arise from structured finance and derivatives. Alan Williams was made partner and Charlotte Henschen and Dan Hemming are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):Simon Hart; Tom Hibbert

Other key lawyers:Andy McGregor; Alan Williams; Charlotte Henschen; Dan Hemming


'The dispute resolution team is highly responsive, commercially-minded and gets results; the lawyers are innovative thinkers,  know how to press for mutually-beneficial solutions and communicate well with clients.'

'The understanding and expertise of the subject matter is excellent and the team is so on top of the detail that it maintains consistent pressure and forward momentum.'

'The top firm for any client with a massive case against the investment banking battalions; it has unrivalled experience of litigating against, and beating, the banks.'

'Simon Hart and Tom Hibbert are both responsive, commercially minded, innovative, and get results. They are also excellent at communicating with clients, and even for the most complex matters they are succinct and informative with regards to case management.'

'Dan Hemming is an associate who is touched with genius in terms of his skill as a litigator. He is clever, analytical, polished, and never outdone.'

Key Clients

MountainPeak Trading

Vannin Capital

Bangkok Land (Cayman Islands)

Loreley Financing (Jersey)

Essar Global Fund

Ingenious Media Holdings

Bank St Petersburg

The Federal Republic of Nigeria


Work highlights

  • Acted for Vannin Capital (VC) in a dispute with the RBoS Action Group (and the underlying claimants in the RBS rights issue litigation). The matter arose from sums that VC claims are due under litigation funding agreements.

Simmons & Simmons' practice 'has excellent industry-leading knowledge'. It is focused exclusively on contentious work for financial institutions, asset managers and hedge funds, and combines expertise in financial markets litigation, investigations, and financial crime. Representative work includes LIBOR, EURIBOR, FX benchmarking, and major product mis-selling claims. Tim Boyce is financial markets litigation practice head, Richard Bunce is 'able to see the big picture and advise on strategy', Ed Crosse is a 'tremendous commercial litigator', and Alexander Thavenot is 'responsive to client demands and has an impressive strategic handle on matters'. Other widely respected partners include senior partner Colin Passmore, as well as Robert Turner, Caroline Hunter-Yeats, Robert Allen and Paul Baker. Joanna Pearson relocated to the London office from Singapore, and Adam Brown and Elizabeth Williams were promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Tim Boyce

Other key lawyers:Richard Bunce; Ed Crosse; Alexander Thavenot; Colin Passmore; Robert Turner; Caroline Hunter-Yeats; Robert Allen; Paul Baker; Joanna Pearson; Adam Brown; Elizabeth Williams


'Clients go to this team when they are in a hole and need digging out. It is simply one of the smartest firms out there and it thrives on complexity and really knotty cases.'

'Ed Crosse's disclosure work can save millions.'

'Colin Passmore has board-level gravitas.'

'Richard Bunce is undoubtedly a standout partner; he is at the top of his game and must be one of the best investment banking litigators in the City.'

'Ian Hammond deserves congratulations for his wins.'

Key Clients

Bank of New York Mellon

Svenska Handelsbanken

The Capital Markets Company (UK)


The O1 group of companies

BH Asset Management

Altera Absolute Global Master Fund

Grant Thornton UK

Work highlights

  • Advised The Capital Markets Company (UK) (Capco) on a damages claim of over $145m following concerns that Capco's clients, resources and business opportunities were fraudulently diverted to new start-up companies which were secretly owned and controlled by Capco’s former employees.

Stewarts Law LLP¬†is 'an outstanding conflict-free firm that is able to take on banks and other financial institutions, which it regularly does¬†‚Äď and wins'. The largest litigation-only law firm in the UK is traditionally known for claimant matters, but it is increasingly being instructed for defence work. The practice also benefits from the firm's¬†civil fraud practice, which is often involved in disputes over complex financial instruments and structures. It acted for the liquidators of Kaupthing Bank in relation to a ‚ā¨500m claim against Deutsche Bank, which arose from the sale of complex banking derivatives.¬†Clive Zietman¬†is a go-to lawyer in London for large-scale litigation against banks. Also highly rated are¬†Sean Upson,¬†Keith Thomas,¬†David Hughes,¬†¬†¬†Marc Jones, Fiona Gillett, Paul Brehony¬†and¬†Ian Gatt QC, along with Lucy Ward¬†and Laura Jenkins. Elaina Bailes¬†and Lorraine Lanceley¬†were promoted to the partnership, and senior associate¬†Joe Mitchell¬†and associate¬†Harry Spendlove¬†are also experienced advisers.

Practice head(s):Clive Zietman

Other key lawyers:Sean Upson; Keith Thomas; David Hughes; Marc Jones; Fiona Gillett; Paul Brehony; Ian Gatt QC; Lucy Ward; Laura Jenkins; Elaina Bailes; Lorraine Lanceley


'Fiona Gillet is an unflappable, excellent lawyer, who is brilliant with clients.'

'Ian Gatt QC is top quality – he is responsive, quick and accurate in what he does.'

Key Clients

Fortress Investment Group

Cyrus Capital Partners

Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company

Chesterfield United (in liquidation)

Partridge Management Group (in liquidation) and their joint liquidators

Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan

Palladyne International Asset Management

Grant Thornton BVI (as liquidators of Stanford International Bank)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fortress Investment Group, Cyrus Capital Partners and Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company in claims against BNP Paribas, the arranging bank, for negligently failing to ensure the validity of security documents.

Travers Smith LLP's 'banking litigation practice has really strengthened in the last few years'. Its disputes work involves share and money transfers, breaches of mandate, the CHAPS system, allegations of fraudulent activity, and instructions involving trades in derivatives and CDOs. The team acted for Macquarie Capital (Europe) in its Commercial Court claim to recover success fees that should have been paid to it for debt advisory and equity raising services. Rob Fell heads the dispute resolution group, which includes Stephen Paget-Brown, Andrew King, Caroline Edwards, Jan-Jaap Baer, Huw Jenkin, Toby Robinson and Heather Gagen. Stephanie Lee was made partner and Sam Cottman is the senior counsel to note.

Practice head(s):Rob Fell

Other key lawyers:Stephen Paget-Brown; Andrew King; Caroline Edwards; Jan-Jaap Baer; Huw Jenkin; Toby Robinson; Heather Gagen; Stephanie Lee; Sam Cottman


'It has some outstanding lawyers at all levels of seniority and has been involved in a number of big ticket pieces of litigation. The practice is going from strength to strength, is well-placed to handle the most important disputes in the English Courts, and its teams are totally committed to their clients.'

'Rob Fell is one of the go-to partners in this field; he has great commercial judgement, entirely understands his clients' objectives and is totally committed to them. His communication skills are also second to none and he is a very safe pair of hands.'

Key Clients

Bank of England

Kaupthing Bank

Jóhannes Rúnar Jóhannsson


Taberna Europe Capital Management

Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration)

Macquarie Capital (Europe)

Work highlights

  • Advised Jóhannes Jóhannsson, a former member of the winding-up committee of Icelandic Bank Kaupthing, on Commercial Court proceedings commenced by businessman Robert Tchenguiz (RT) and related companies, trusts and individuals. The proceedings arose out of work undertaken to recover assets from RT and his brother in connection with Kaupthing's insolvency.

White & Case LLP's team is 'exceptionally hardworking, thoughtful and good humoured, even in stressful situations'. It is well known for its advice on complex, cross-border matters, many of which involve a wide range of stakeholders. The London office recently grew its practice through the recruitment of Steven Baker from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. Baker advises major financial institutions, hedge funds, and other banking clients on significant, complex, and cross-border banking disputes. Other key hires include Chris Brennan from Addleshaw Goddard, where he led the regulatory investigations and enforcement practice, and Laura Durrant from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was most recently head of litigation and investigations. Co-head of the global financial institutions practice, John Reynolds, is also London head of commercial litigation and Charles Balmain heads the EMEA disputes section for commercial litigation and white-collar matters. Also key to the practice is Amanda Cowell.

Practice head(s):John Reynolds; Charles Balmain

Other key lawyers:Steven Baker; Chris Brennan; Laura Durrant; Amanda Cowell


'White & Case is able to mobilise a multi-skilled team very quickly to help resolve disputes. The team covers all angles, with the capacity to go deeply into the corporate and litigation aspects of issues. The practice also has a good team spirit, with all members driving towards the efficient, client-friendly resolution of issues.'

'The partners and associates are highly rated in the City.'

Key Clients

OJSC International Bank of Azerbaijan

Goldman Sachs International

VTB Capital

Deutsche Bank

SRM Global Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for Goldman Sachs International before the English and Portuguese courts in complex, multi-party, multi-jurisdictional proceedings. These arose out of the transfer of assets and liabilities of Banco Espirito Santo in Portugal to Novo Banco, including the legal effect of various resolutions of Portugal’s central bank on the transferability of a substantial loan.
  • Acted for VTB Capital in a complex dispute involving the enforcement of security in Luxembourg. The dispute arises from a €150m loan that relates to a Bulgarian telecoms company.

Akin Gump LLP 'has great litigators and client skills'. The firm has a widely respected cross-border creditor litigation practice and regularly works alongside its highly regarded restructuring colleagues. It also benefits from a robust investment funds litigation practice. Mark Dawkins acts in complex, high-value disputes and investigations, often of a multi-jurisdictional nature. Richard Hornshaw is 'clever, hardworking and assembles great teams around him', Kambiz Larizadeh is a civil fraud specialist, and senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev has particular expertise in insolvency and restructuring.

Practice head(s):Mark Dawkins

Other key lawyers:Richard Hornshaw; Kambiz Larizadeh; Sheena Buddhdev


'The premier bond litigation team in London, standing head, shoulders and torso above the rest.'

'Richard Hornshaw is a legend in the making.'

Key Clients

Oak Finance creditors

Ad Hoc Group of Creditors of Noble Group

Deloitte as administrators of African Minerals

Cornwall Luxembourg

Principal Global Investors

Prudential Insurance Company of America


Fairhold Securitisation

Work highlights

  • Advised a sovereign wealth fund, pension funds, hedge funds, and a private European bank as former holders of approximately $650m notes issued by Oak Finance Luxembourg, on litigation in England against Novo Banco.

Baker McKenzie acts for large financial institutions and has a highly rated investigations practice. The firm's well-known administrative and public law team also assists the practice when acting for significant public and regulatory bodies in the banking sector. Co-head of the global financial institutions disputes group, Hugh Lyons, has extensive experience of high-profile and high-value banking and finance disputes, and much of his work arises from disputed financing transactions, restructuring and insolvency, fraud, and financial misconduct. Jonathan Peddie was recently appointed as the firm's global head of financial institutions. Other names to note are the 'top-quality' Edward Poulton and Francesca Richmond, while Marc Florent, who specialises in all contentious aspects of structured finance and insolvency, recently joined from Allen & Overy LLP.

Practice head(s):Hugh Lyons; Jonathan Peddie

Other key lawyers:Edward Poulton; Francesca Richmond


'Hugh Lyons is appreciated for his willingness to be consulted for strategic advice on an ad hoc basis.'

'Ed Poulton is extremely bright – an absolute delight to work with. Clients love him and he knows how to run a big case as well as anyone.'

Key Clients

AFEX Markets and Associated Foreign Exchange Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

JP Morgan Suisse

TMF Structured Finance

Dubai Islamic Bank

Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg

Debussy DTC

ICICI Bank (Singapore Branch)

Work highlights

  • Acted for AFEX Markets and Associated Foreign Exchange  in a claim in the Commercial Court against a former client, Newstar Garments, for the repayment of a debt arising out of a margin call agreement.
  • Defended Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) against a high-value claim by Plantation Holdings (PH), a Dubai-based property company, which alleged that DIB had improperly seized a substantial land plot in Dubai and caused the arrest and detention in Dubai of PH’s owner.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP was formed in 2018 following the merger between Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave. 'The banking litigation team is both technically able and industry focused', and the client list includes investment, domestic and international banks, as well as mortgage companies and servicers, credit card issuers, and fintech and insurance companies on a range of disputes and risk management strategies. Oliver Glynn-Jones heads the firm's banking litigation group. London managing partner Segun Osuntokun specialises in complex disputes that have elements of dishonesty, fraud or corruption, and Oran Gelb is noted for regulatory and internal investigations. Clare Reeve is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Oliver Glynn-Jones

Other key lawyers:Segun Osuntokun; Oran Gelb; Clare Reeve


'A very solid team with a good bandwidth of experience.'

'Oliver Glynn-Jones is an experienced and very able partner. He is equally at home with technical detail as he is with soft skills such as client and matter management.'

'Oran Gelb is a fantastically bright and diligent partner. He is now very well established in his position and will be a field-leader in the future.'

Key Clients

Deutsche Bank


Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley


FCFM Group

Access Bank

Intercontinental Bank

National Australia Group

Central Bank of Nigeria

Stenham Asset Capital

Work highlights

  • Defended Citibank against a claim over the interpretation of a facility agreement.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton  stands out for its handling of complex cross-border disputes, with matters involving financial and banking regulatory investigations and enforcement featuring heavily in the London practice. Its lawyers have particular knowledge of banking litigation specialisms involving swap transactions, benchmark investigations, freezing injunctions, and insolvency disputes. Jonathan Kelly has significant experience in banking and financial services disputes and regulatory investigations, and Sunil Gadhia's practice encompasses substantial English and international disputes, investigatory, and enforcement work. James Norris-Jones was hired from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in 2018 and James Brady was recently made partner.

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Kelly; Sunil Gadhia; James Norris-Jones; James Brady

Key Clients

Russian Federation



Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund

Public Institution for Social Security for the State of Kuwait

Goldman Sachs International

Idemia France

Work highlights

  • Acted for a number of HSBC entities in litigation and various pre-action applications that were brought by The ECU Group (ECU) in relation to FX trading in 2006; the team recently obtained judgment for HSBC on an ECU application that related to the use of confidential documents.

CMS 'fields very hands-on, excellent lawyers'. In addition to acting for banks, the firm has a significant finance disputes practice that acts on high-value finance related claims, and work for international clients on finance disputes is a growth area for the firm. Tom Dane  was recently appointed head of the London banking litigation team and Philip Woodfield heads the banking litigation team in Bristol. Other highly rated partners are Colin Hutton and Graeme Mcleod in Edinburgh, as well as Andy Taplin , Jonathan Warne and Luke Pardey. The senior associates to note are Vanessa Whitman, Kushal Gandhi and Mark Davison. Former head of banking litigation in London, Duncan Aldred, has retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):Tom Dane; Jonathan Warne

Other key lawyers:Philip Woodfield; Colin Hutton; Graeme Mcleod; Andy Taplin; Luke Pardey; Vanessa Whitman; Kushal Gandhi; Mark Davison


'Andy Taplin and Jonathan Warne are both first-rate partners.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Metro Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Stoneriver Aircraft Designated Activity Company as borrower under a facility agreement with Canadian state-owned bank Export Development Canada. The litigation involves alleged breaches of the facility agreement.
  • Defended Lloyds Bank against a £50m-plus claim by Premier Motorauctions, which alleged complicity in a fraud.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP's 'team comprises a raft of highly motivated and experienced litigators operating in a tight-knit, boutique firm'. The specialist disputes boutique is highly rated for financial dispute resolution and, free of conflicts of interest, it regularly acts against many financial institutions that other firms cannot act against. Philip Young focuses on substantial fraud-related cases, including those requiring urgent injunctive steps, and Marc Keidan is particularly focused on disputes in the financial sector. Also highly regarded are Sinead O’Callaghan, Stephen Elam, Daniel Burbeary and senior associate Sam Roberts.

Other key lawyers:Philip Young; Marc Keidan; Sinead O’Callaghan; Stephen Elam; Daniel Burbeary; Sam Roberts


'Freed from the problems of client conflicts, which bedevil its city firm peers, but with an absolute determination to deliver a first-class service and at a more reasonable cost, the lawyers are also out-and-out specialists in taking on the banks in banking litigation mis-selling claims.'

'Marc Keidan is a force of nature, who is irrepressibly energetic, absolutely determined to find the right strategic solution, and hugely client focused. He is also ever-sensitive to the client's commercial – and cost – needs.'

'Sinead O'Callaghan is calm, level-headed and hardworking.'

Key Clients

CMOC Sales & Marketing

Grove Park Properties

Work highlights

  • Acted for Grove Park Properties (GP) in a claim against RBS, which included allegations that RBS materially altered a loan agreement without GP’s consent.
  • Acted for CMOC Sales & Marketing in the High Court in a substantial cyber fraud case, which involved over 80 parties, 25 jurisdictions, and at least 30 banks.

Dentons 'deals with important litigation and has done so for several years'. The financial disputes and investigations group's areas of expertise include wholesale banking disputes involving derivatives, letters of credit, fraud, and professional negligence. It is also experienced in investment banking disputes surrounding structured products, credit default swaps, and financial services regulation. Daren Allen is widely respected for contentious money laundering and bribery and corruption matters. Also key to the team are Richard Caird, Felicity Ewing, and Thomas Leyland. Natalia Fludra is a notable senior associate.

Practice head(s):Daren Allen

Other key lawyers:Richard Caird; Felicity Ewing; Thomas Leyland; Natalia Fludra


'Excellent knowledge of the law.'

'Dentons is a first port of call for banking litigation, as it is knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. Its advice is always clear and helpful, and the lawyers are quick to respond to any enquiry.'

'Thomas Leyland and Felicity Ewing are responsive and pleasant to work with.'

'Natalia Fludra is prepared to immerse herself in cases and makes efforts to understand the client's perspective.'

Key Clients

Bank of London and The Middle East




Santander UK

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Royal Bank of Scotland in a £500m LIBOR claim brought by London Bridge Holdings.
  • Assisted Société Générale with a summary judgement application that clarified the law of unjust enrichment.

DLA Piper is well known for complex, high-stakes litigation for its domestic clients across the firm's UK offices, but it has also developed a robust cross-border practice, particularly in relation to fraud and regulatory matters. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry is global co-litigation and regulatory chair, Jeremy Andrews is UK co-litigation and arbitration head, and Jamie Curle  has extensive experience of cross-border disputes, including structured product disputes, and  fraud and asset tracing matters. James Carter and senior associate Dan Jewell are also highly regarded. White-collar crime expert Patrick Rappo was hired from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP, and Paul Smith left for Harneys in the Cayman Islands.

Practice head(s):Jean‑Pierre Douglas‑Henry; Jeremy Andrews

Other key lawyers:Jamie Curle; James Carter; Patrick Rappo; Dan Jewell

Key Clients

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration)

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Bank of London and the Middle East

Standard Chartered Bank

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya

Work highlights

  • In one of the largest and most publicly-sensitive cases to emerge from the Cypriot banking crisis in 2011, the team represented Cyprus Popular Bank (in Special Administration) in its attempts to enforce a multi billion-dollar Cypriot freezing order in England.
  • Defended The Royal Bank of Scotland against a portfolio of mis-selling cases in relation to interest rate hedging products.

Enyo Law LLP is 'a fabulous boutique firm in the banking sphere'. The  conflict-free, specialist disputes firm has extensive experience in securing and enforcing judgments and awards around the world, regularly liaises with regulators, and advises on potential regulatory issues. Much of Simon Twigden's work is of an international nature, with an increasing focus on matters from the CIS, Middle East and North African regions, and Pietro Marino's practice is particularly focused on high-value commercial fraud, asset tracing, offshore contentious trust disputes, and cross-border disputes in the oil and gas and metals sectors. Also highly rated are Edward Allen and Nick Jones. Lucinda Orr was made partner in 2019, while former counsel Rachel Bennet left for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Other key lawyers:Simon Twigden; Pietro Marino; Edward Allen; Nick Jones; Lucinda Orr


'A top firm in the boutique range, fighting well above its weight against the Magic Circle and invariably coming out with great results.'

'Marcus Rutherford has great charm and client skills, which only enhance his brilliant advice.'

Key Clients

The Libyan Investment Authority

Pan Africa Metals

Bilta (UK)

Thamesview Investments

Banco de Portugal

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pan African Minerals (PAM) in a dispute with BTG Pactual Bank over the purported appointment of joint receivers over one of PAM's subsidiaries.
  • Acted for Bilta (UK) and others against SVS Securities and Tradition Financial Services in a Financial List claim for large sums of fraudulently misappropriated VAT.

Macfarlanes LLP's 'extremely capable team provides terrific levels of service, expertise and commercial judgement without the eye-watering fees of more recognised firms in this space'. The firm's banking litigation is handled by its financial services and markets dispute resolution group, which advises on disputes and investigations involving banking, finance, and financial services business, including financial crime. Barry Donnelly's financial litigation and arbitration practice encompasses a wide range of international disputes and investigations. Dan Lavender heads the financial services and markets dispute resolution group and is experienced in major multi-jurisdiction litigation, and Matt McCahearty regularly advises on international disputes, investigations, and enforcement matters, including LIBOR, FX and ISDAFIX. Aalia Datoo was promoted to senior counsel in 2019.

Practice head(s):Barry Donnelly; Dan Lavender

Other key lawyers:Matt McCahearty; Aalia Datoo 


'Matt McCahearty is 'a very considered and intelligent person, who not only has the capacity to get to grips with the legal issues but also grasps clients' commercial objectives and realities to steer them down the right path.'

'Barry Donnelly is among the very best financial services litigators in the London market; his breadth of knowledge and depth of experience allow him to give quick, insightful and practical advice.'

Reed Smith LLP advises businesses around the world in complex claims across the financial services sector, including banking, structured finance, derivatives, asset management, regulatory, and other financial services litigation. Richard Spafford has extensive experience of complex financial services disputes and Nick Brocklesby acts for a number of investment banks in high-profile disputes. Charles Hewetson and Tom Webley are also key advisers, along with of counsel George Hoare and senior associate Felicity Dart.

Practice head(s):Nick Brocklesby; Richard Spafford

Other key lawyers:Charles Hewetson; Tom Webley; George Hoare; Felicity Dart; Oliver Rawkins

Signature Litigation LLP 'has been outstandingly successful'. The highly specialised dispute resolution firm has a strong focus on large, complex cases that are frequently cross-border. Founding partner, Graham Huntley, is a specialist banking litigator, and Simon Bushell is highly rated for high-stakes Russian and CIS-related disputes. Abdulali Jiwaji has particularly strong experience advising on disputes involving financial products and mis-selling, investigations and disciplinary proceedings, and Julian Connerty is increasingly focused on shareholder and group claims. Rory Spillman and Becca Hogan are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):Graham Huntley

Other key lawyers:Simon Bushell; Abdulali Jiwaji; Julian Connerty; Rory Spillman; Becca Hogan

Key Clients

SG Group Claimants

The ECU Group

BTA Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for SG Group Claimants, one of the three lead groups of RBS shareholders, which brought claims under the Financial Services and Markets Act against RBS in relation to its failed 2008 rights issue.
  • Represented Kazakhstan's BTA Bank in pursuing the recovery of substantial funds that were siphoned out of the bank by one of its previous executives through various unlawful means.

Stephenson Harwood's 'highly experienced practice' regularly advises on large, high-value and technically challenging disputes, and it has recently assisted with disputes involving alleged interest-rate benchmarking, FX-fixing and mis-selling. Sue Millar and Edward Davis co-run the banking and finance litigation subgroup, and John Fordham is commercial litigation department head. Other experienced partners are Richard Garcia, Donna Newman and Richard Gwynne, while Alina Neal is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):Sue Millar; Edward Davis

Other key lawyers:John Fordham; Richard Garcia; Donna Newman; Richard Gwynne; Alina Neal


'The team is very committed. Its main strength is its proactive approach; it anticipates problems that will arise and prepares the line to be adopted well in advance. This has the advantage of avoiding any unpleasant surprises and  preparing positions with the benefit of time.'

'Richard Garcia is an excellent co-ordinator, who is readily available to respond to clients' queries.'

'John Fordham is experienced, amenable and works well under difficult circumstances.'

Key Clients



IBRC Asset Finance

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co

The Bank of New York Mellon

Bank Sepah International

Melli Bank


Link Trustees

Raiffeisen Bank International

Axis Bank

GLAS Trust Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted in proceedings involving a complex securitisation transaction.
  • Acted in a claim against Marex Financial (Marex), an independent commodities broker and trader, and Access World Logistics (Singapore) Pte, in relation to five spot purchase contracts for the sale of nickel under which Marex delivered purported warehouse receipts to Natixis.

Bird & Bird LLP regularly acts in major pieces of high-value and high-profile litigation, and the practice has also experienced growth in banking-related technology disputes. Michael Brown's recent work includes claims involving payment services and the Interchange Fee Regulation, and Jeremy Sharman is co-head of the UK dispute resolution group. Matthew Foote and Matthew Pack are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):Michael Brown; Jeremy Sharman

Other key lawyers:Matthew Foote; Matthew Pack

Key Clients

Property Alliance Group

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro

Work highlights

  • Acted for Property Alliance Group in claims against Royal Bank of Scotland for the mis-selling of interest rate swaps and unlawful manipulation of the LIBOR benchmark.

Brown Rudnick LLP 's large, conflict-free team regularly acts in bet-the- company disputes that frequently span multiple jurisdictions, particularly work arising from offshore jurisdictions, the Middle East and North Africa, and it has acted for various senior individuals in LIBOR investigations. Neil Micklethwaite is dispute resolution managing director and Neill Shrimpton is international litigation practice group leader. Also highly regarded are Jane Colston, Christian Toms,and Nicholas Tse who divides his time between London and Paris. Gerald Byrne is a key counsel.

Practice head(s):Neil Micklethwaite; Neill Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:Jane Colston; Christian Toms; Nicholas Tse; Gerald Byrne

Key Clients

Threadneedle Asset Management

VR Global Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Threadneedle Asset Management and Threadneedle Management Services in their defence of a $125m English High Court claim, which was brought by two companies within the Otkritie Group, a Russia financial group. The proceedings include allegations of vicarious liability-related fraud and deceit.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's disputes experience includes banking law and regulation compliance controversies, co-ordinating case strategy for the cross-border aspects of disputes, fraudulent payment litigation and recoveries, and consumer finance litigation and class action defence. Matthew Allen is co-head of financial services disputes and investigations globally, and Andrew Legg is a senior litigation partner who is highly rated for his litigation and contentious regulatory work, which often contains cross-border elements. Also key to the practice are David Flack, Jennifer Miles and Jake McQuitty. Mariafrancesca De Leo   relocated to the firm's Milan office.

Practice head(s):Matthew Allen

Other key lawyers:Andrew Legg; David Flack; Jennifer Miles; Jake McQuitty

Fieldfisher's lawyers have disputes expertise in derivatives and other structured finance transactions, lending, receivables financing, and investment products. The team also assists with disputes involving peer-to-peer lending and cryptocurrencies, and has increasingly worked on contentious insolvency and regulatory-related litigation. Key names to note are Andrew Lafferty, Duncan Black, Kit Jarvis and Aymen Khoury, along with directors Julia Dodds, James Lewis, and senior associate Abdul Sattar.

Practice head(s):Andrew Lafferty

Other key lawyers:Duncan Black; Kit Jarvis; Aymen Khoury; Julia Dodds; James Lewis; Abdul Sattar


'It is evident from the cost-budgeting process that the lawyers at this firm take great care to structure the legal team (both solicitors and counsel) in a way that operates efficiently and delivers the greatest value to the lay client without compromising on the quality of the advice and service provided.'

'The team exercises very good judgement about what is acceptable to the Court, resulting in excellent outcomes for client.'

'Director James Lewis has an excellent command of detail and understanding of the substantive issues in proceedings.'

'Kit Jarvis makes valuable contributions in respect of strategy.'

Key Clients

Dana Gas Sukuk

Greif International Holding


Work highlights

  • Acted for Dana Gas Sukuk in a contested Islamic finance restructuring, which involved parallel proceedings in London and the Gulf that gave rise to jurisdictional questions about the appropriate forum, procedure and applicable law.

Jones Day has a strong name in the market for banking litigation. The practice's representative experience includes litigation involving complex bank products and bank failures, as well as international investigations and disputes in relation to the manipulation of foreign exchange markets. Sion Richards is particularly focused on multi-jurisdictional investigations and civil litigation involving major fraud, asset tracing, and corruption investigations, as well as contentious insolvency disputes. Other highly regarded advisers are Adam Brown and Harriet Territt. Former disputes partner Lucas Moore exited for Payne Hicks Beach.

Other key lawyers:Sion Richards; Adam Brown; Harriet Territt

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for the joint liquidators of the Angel Group in High Court claims for breach of trust and fiduciary duty against the former director and sole shareholder of the Angel Group.

Milbank is experienced in complex, big-ticket banking litigation involving international financial institutions. The practice stands out for its cross-border experience and US capabilities in banking disputes. Julian Stait heads the firm's London litigation and arbitration team, and Charles Evans has substantial expertise in contentious regulatory proceedings and investigations. Other names to note are Tom Canning and senior associate William Charles.

Practice head(s):Julian Stait

Other key lawyers:Charles Evans; Tom Canning; William Charles

Key Clients




Deutsche Bank

Lloyds Bank



Visa International Service Association

Work highlights

  • In potentially one of the largest claims to be brought before the English courts in relation to alleged LIBOR manipulation, the team defended Rabobank against competition and fraud claims brought against Rabobank, Barclays, Bank of Scotland, the BBA, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland, and UBS.

Mishcon de Reya LLP 'has extraordinary depth and experience in UK High Court litigation'. The firm's finance and banking litigation lawyers are best known for their advice on disputes involving corporate finance and private equity. Masoud Zabeti leads the finance and banking disputes group, James Oldnall is 'an excellent litigation professional with a very good track record' and Genevieve Quierin is 'a star within the disputes team'. Also key to the practice are Derval Walsh and Mohammed Khamisa QC, along with managing associates Samantha Kakati, Henry Farris, Edwin Chik, Ian Bean and Polly Blenkin.

Practice head(s):Masoud Zabeti

Other key lawyers:James Oldnall; Genevieve Quierin; Derval Walsh; Mohammed Khamisa QC; Samantha Kakati; Henry Farris; Edwin Chik; Ian Bean; Polly Blenkin


'Acting in numerous high-profile matters, and the firm has particularly strong junior partners.'

'Its reputation has been gained from past results in major cases.'

'James Oldnall genuinely cares about cases and their outcome.'

'Genevieve Quierin is a calm, surgically-precise, savvy operator with exceptional client-management skills and an impressive strategic approach. She is responsive, thorough and always has her eye on the jugular.'

Key Clients


The ECU Group

Duet Group Limited

Tradition (UK)

Arle Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting for The ECU Group, which manages multi-currency loan facilities, in various claims against HSBC entities for unlawful foreign exchange trading practices.

Taylor Wessing LLP is experienced in disputes involving derivatives, mis-selling, CDOs, funds and fraud, and the team frequently assists with cross-border matters. Andrew Howell is head of disputes and investigations, and Laurence Lieberman is contentious financial services head. Tim Strong co-heads the corporate crime and fraud unit, and former co-head of the international disputes and investigations group Shane Gleghorn is managing partner in the UK. The senior associate to note is Emma Allen. Stephen Flaherty left for Nautilus Indemnity Holdings.

Practice head(s):Andrew Howell; Laurence Lieberman; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:Shane Gleghorn; Emma Allen

Key Clients

Joint Official Liquidators of Saad Investment Company Limited

Hanjin Shipping Corporation (In Liquidation)

Pramerica Real Estate Capital IV

Deutsche Bank

Helaba Bank

Work highlights

  • Defended boutique investment bank Arundel Group against a damages claim. This was brought by a care home provider for unlawful means of conspiracy and fraudulent misrepresentation in relation to the issue of a series of loan notes.

Collyer Bristow LLP is primarily a claimant firm and conflict-free in relation to disputes with the major financial institutions. The team advises on disputes involving derivatives, Forex, assignment of bank debts, and distressed debt trading, along with syndicated lending, securitisation, and unregulated collective investment schemes. It has also expanded into aviation financing and crypto-currency disputes. Banking and financial disputes group head Stephen Rosen, commercial disputes head Richard Viegas, Janine Alexander and Robin Henry are the principal advisers.

Practice head(s):Stephen Rosen; Richard Viegas

Other key lawyers:Janine Alexander; Robin Henry

Key Clients

Napier Park Global Capital

Trattamento Rifiuti Metropolitani

Work highlights

  • Acted for Napier Park Global Capital as junior bondholders in a collateralised loan obligation structure, in a dispute with Barings (UK), the collateral manager, as to whether an incentive fee was payable.

DaySparkes is a specialist litigation boutique firm, where named partners Michael Sparkes and John Day 'actually handle clients' cases, rather than delegating them to inexperienced trainees and associates'. Sparkes heads the banking litigation department, and has handled a number of complex disputes against major international banks. Day specialises in commercial fraud disputes. Gopi Binning is a dispute resolution lawyer within the firm who has extensive experience of advising on freezing orders and other forms of interim relief.

Practice head(s):Michael Sparkes

Other key lawyers:John Day; Gopi Binning


'It is a boutique firm that has well-known expertise in bank litigation. The team has expert knowledge of the banking industry and explains the intricacies of the law in a clear and concise manner.'

'John Day and Michael Sparkes are both seasoned litigators in the financial sector, who bring to bear their considerable experience, attention to detail and client care, and hire the best specialist barristers known to them, when and as required.'

Key Clients

Simon Robinson

Daniel Wagner

Joanne Dove

Gary Wells

Juli Probett

Vivien Carne

Work highlights

  • Acted for Simon Robinson, former managing director of Remnant Media, in his £50m-plus claim against Lloyds Banking Group and others in relation to the HBOS Reading fraud.

Dechert LLP recently hired Sidley Austin LLP's former global litigation co-head Dorothy Cory-Wright  as its commercial disputes head. 'The team has a great deal of strength in terms of intellectual firepower and sector experience' and it frequently acts for commercial and investment banks and financial institutions before the English and international courts. Adam Silver is noted for financial litigation, fraud matters and contentious insolvency, while Stephen Surgeoner and Andrew Hearn  are also key advisers.

Practice head(s):Dorothy Cory-Wright

Other key lawyers:Adam Silver; Stephen Surgeoner; Andrew Hearn


'The Dechert team is very strong in the field of banking litigation. It is very commercial in its approach and well resourced, with a good mix of partners and experienced and motivated associates.'

'Andrew Hearn is a standout practitioner – one of the very best in the City.'

'Adam Silver is particularly impressive and he has great tactical instincts; he gets what the client is really looking for and anticipates issues before they arise.'

Key Clients

Franklin Templeton


Work highlights

  • Advised Franklin Templeton Investment Management on its challenge to an application by the International Bank of Azerbaijan for the recognition of a debt restructuring.

Hausfeld LLP is 'one of the very best firms for taking on the banking giants', and it also covers defence work. The practice recently advised on disputes involving financing, derivatives, and banking misconduct. It has also acted in high-profile cases for corporate claimant groups in relation to securities and claims arising out of LIBOR and FX. Lianne Craig leads the commercial disputes and banking litigation team, of which London office managing partner Anthony Maton, John McElroy and senior associate Simon Bishop are key members. David Lawne was made partner and Lucy Pert was hired from Harbour Litigation Funding.

Practice head(s):Lianne Craig

Other key lawyers:Anthony Maton; John McElroy; Simon Bishop; David Lawne: Lucy Pert


'Technically very able – they know their stuff. The lawyers also instil confidence in clients, are very professional, and a pleasure to work with.'

'Clients love Lianne Craig's brilliant and often-inspiring style. She fights hard for her clients, but she does so with diplomacy and judgement, such that she manages the rare feat in litigation of engendering excellent relationships with those on the other side of the table – this undoubtedly means she gets a better result for her client.'

'Lucy Pert has quite superb experience and judgement.'

Key Clients

Liquidator of Ventra Investments

Liquidator of Premier Motor Auctions and Premier Motor Auctions Leeds

Deutsche Bahn


AE Europe

Hertz Europe

Work highlights

  • Acted for seven local authorities (LAs) that claim rescission of various lender option, borrower option loans (LOBO) agreed with Barclays between 2005 and 2008. The LAs allege that Barclays made fraudulent LIBOR-related representations, which induced the LAs to enter into the LOBO loans.

Humphries Kerstetter LLP acts for, as well as against, banks. The practice advises clients from sectors such as financial services, energy, defence, insurance, IT, telecoms, media, and construction. Mark Humphries, Kristopher Kerstetter, Christopher Braithwaite and James Russell are all experienced advisers. Toby Starr was hired from Starr Legal, and of counsel Robert Javin-Fisher joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):Mark Humphries; Kristopher Kerstetter

Other key lawyers:Christopher Braithwaite; James Russell; Toby Starr; Robert Javin-Fisher


'Exceptional Magic Circle capability for litigation, combined with a pragmatic commercial approach and more realistic charging levels.'

'Mark Humphries has first-class advice skills.'

Key Clients


One Blackfriars (in liquidation)

Marfin Investment Group

Work highlights

  • Represented groups of merchants in their claims against MasterCard and Visa for overcharging on interchange fees.

Kingsley Napley LLP's cross-practice team specialises in the full spectrum of criminal, regulatory and civil contentious matters across the banking arena. It acts in claims against banks, financial advisers and other investment bodies, and has particular experience in investor and mis-selling claims, fraud-related disputes and fraudulent misrepresentation. Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution practice, of which Sue Thackeray, William Christopher, Ryan Mowat and Fiona Simpson are key members.

Practice head(s):Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:Sue Thackeray; William Christopher; Ryan Mowat; Fiona Simpson

Key Clients

Madiyar Ablyazov

Work highlights

  • Defended Madiyar Ablyazov (MA) against BTA Bank’s claim against MA (and his father) that a sum of money given to MA should be released to BTA in part payment of judgments obtained against MA's father.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP advises banks and financial institutions on disputes that arise from complex financial instruments, lending and retail products. The practice also assists banks and senior executives with investigations and enforcement issues, including financial regulation, insider trading and market abuse, fraud, corruption and sanctions, as well as other financial crime issues involving international regulators and prosecuting agencies. Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan head the team, and Peter Sharp is also highly rated.

Practice head(s):Melanie Ryan; Chris Warren-Smith

Other key lawyers:Peter Sharp

Morrison & Foerster LLP is well known for complex, international disputes and investigations involving banking and finance components. Jonathan Wheeler's expertise includes international fraud and asset tracing, investigations, international trust litigation, and contentious insolvency. Other key advisers are Kevin Roberts, Gemma Anderson and Paul Friedman. Shawna Pasquale is the associate to note, and of counsel Saqib Alam, who specialises in regulatory compliance and investigations, joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Kevin Roberts; Gemma Anderson; Paul Friedman; Shawna Pasquale; Saqib Alam

Key Clients


Liquidators of Saad Investments Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for the liquidators in the highly complex $9.2bn liquidation of Saad Investments Company, which raised a number of jurisdictional issues.

PCB Litigation LLP regularly acts against the major Western banks, and the practice has a strong reputation for acting for banks from Russia and the CIS. Anthony Riem, Trevor Mascarenhas and Jon Felce are the main advisers.

Practice head(s):Anthony Riem; Trevor Mascarenhas

Other key lawyers:Jon Felce


'Unparalleled expertise of complex fraud disputes, including in the banking sphere, particularly with Russian and East European banks.'

'Well able at a lower overhead to go toe-to-toe with larger firms in fraud disputes.'

'Trevor Mascarenas is a good strategist, with encyclopaedic knowledge of fraud law.'

'Anthony Riem is very experienced and rightly gains fraud claim clients' trust.'

Key Clients

Bank of Moscow



TPG Capital

Drum Risk Management  (in administration)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Walid Giahmi in the defence of a $100m-plus claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority. This related to the acquisition of notes issued by Bear Stearns, which were allegedly procured through bribery and intimidation.

Penningtons Manches LLP recently announced its merger with Thomas Cooper - known for its work in shipping, international trade and international arbitration - to become Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. The practice 'has one of the strongest teams in banking litigation among the mid-size firms'.  It has particular expertise in high-profile swaps litigation and has been increasingly instructed on financial institutions-related litigation involving The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. Alex Fox is business and finance disputes head, Rustam Dubash leads the commercial dispute resolution group, and David Niven heads the firm's growing group litigation work. Philip D’Costa and Dan Hyde are also key advisers, while Emma Davies, who divides her time between the London and Oxford offices, and David O’Brien are the senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):Alex Fox; Rustam Dubash

Other key lawyers:David Niven; Philip D’Costa; Dan Hyde; Emma Davies; David O’Brien


'They are able to handle the very largest cases with aplomb.'

'Alex Fox will find a way forward in the most challenging of cases.'

'David Niven's ability to deliver reality checks helps his clients have an early understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their position.'

'Senior associate Emma Davies is very good.'

'Senior associate David O'Brien is a rising star and a great communicator.'

Key Clients

Scarborough Group International

General Practitioners Defence Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Scarborough Group in one of the largest claims brought against the Bank of Scotland for losses brought about by fraudulent LIBOR manipulation.

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'extremely sound and measured team' regularly advises major banks on high-profile litigation, including cross-border disputes, indirect taxation matters involving banking clients, and major claims against banks. It has also built a robust capital markets and derivatives litigation practice. Stuart McNeill, Edinburgh-based Jim Cormack, and legal director Mike Hawthorne are the principal advisers.

Practice head(s):Jim Cormack; Stuart McNeill

Other key lawyers:Mike Hawthorne


'Very responsive and prompt, with deep knowledge of the financial products in dispute. The team also has a practical and proactive approach to the litigation process, as well as a good commercial approach that makes its costs very competitive.'

'Mike Hawthorne and Stuart McNeill form a great team, which is very focused on client needs. They have outstanding knowledge of derivatives contracts and a very practical approach to case management.'

Key Clients

Novo Banco

Allied Irish Bank

Co-operative Bank

Dexia Crediop

Work highlights

  • Acted for Portuguese bank Novo Banco in the first English court case addressing the scope of the EU's 2014 Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive.

Squire Patton Boggs¬†has significant expertise in litigation involving structured finance, often involving multiple jurisdictions, international fraud and asset tracing claims¬†‚Äď particularly issues arising from Russia and other CIS countries¬†‚Äď asset finance, and crypto-asset disputes. Anthony Taylor¬†, who splits his time between the London and Manchester offices,¬†heads the UK litigation team.¬†Gareth Timms¬†is noted for multi-jurisdictional banking disputes and has extensive experience in obtaining injunctive and ancillary relief, and Chris Webber¬†is a specialist in financial services disputes and regulatory investigations.¬†Nicola Phillips¬†was made partner, while the associates to note are Victoria Drury¬†and Katherine Wakeham. Former UK head of litigation Laurence Winston¬†and former¬†London managing partner Robert Weekes¬†both left for Crowell & Moring.

Practice head(s):Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Nicola Phillips; Victoria Drury; Katherine Wakeham

Withers LLP's relatively conflict-free practice has 'expertise in banking litigation that is a useful complement to the firm's private client practice'. It acts for both high-net-worth individuals and small companies in international banking litigation disputes. The names to note are global dispute resolution division CEO Peter Wood, Andrew Wass, Christopher Coffin, Harvey Knight,  Roberto Moruzzi, and Eleni Polycarpou.

Practice head(s):Andrew Wass

Other key lawyers:Peter Wood; Christopher Coffin; Harvey Knight; Roberto Moruzzi; Eleni Polycarpou


'One of the best choices for large-scale litigation against banks; the team is able to compete with the Magic Circle firms.'

'Andrew Wass is calm, unflappable, and deeply knowledgeable about the law and sector.'

'Eleni Polycarpou is a skilful lawyer who really cares about achieving the best results for her clients.'

Key Clients

Vladimir Ivanovich Galagaev & others

Work highlights

  • Represented 79 claimants in a high-value claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy in connection with the sale of loan notes and the collapse of a Russian bank.

Burges Salmon LLP is 'excellent at every level'. The practice acts for banks in disputes involving facilities, derivatives and hedging, securitisation, acquisition finance, investment funds and professional negligence. It has particular experience in the mis-selling of financial products and services as well as advising on investigations. Bristol-based David Hall is dispute resolution head, Kari McCormick is financial services sector head, and Andrew Burnette regularly acts for banking clients in recoveries and professional negligence and fraud claims. Caroline Brown is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):David Hall; Kari McCormick

Other key lawyers:Andrew Burnette; Caroline Brown


'Andrew Burnette is an excellent lawyer.'

Key Clients

Nationwide Building Society

The Co-operative Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

National Westminster Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Bayerische Landesbank

Sarasin & Partners

Work highlights

  • It recently acted for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in concluding a long-running and significant recoveries action involving PPI mis-selling and unfair relationships.

Clyde & Co LLP's client list includes financial institutions, corporations and individuals, and its representative banking litigation experience frequently involves multi-jurisdictional matters. The team has particular disputes expertise in relation to derivatives and interest rate swaps. Neil Jamieson's practice includes asset tracing, James Cooper has extensive experience in acting for directors, officers and financial institutions in contentious matters, and Helen Rowlands advises on regulatory investigations and disciplinary issues, as well as international banking and finance disputes. Andrew Foster is also a key adviser.

Other key lawyers:Neil Jamieson; James Cooper; Helen Rowlands; Andrew Foster

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises on complex, high-value disputes and regulatory work in the banking and financial sector, including multi-jurisdictional investigations and bribery and corruption issues. The practice's disputes work frequently involves international dimensions in relation to Italy, Russia and Latin America. John Bramhall acts both for and against financial institutions in complex disputes involving the mis-selling of complex financial products and fraud and regulatory investigations. Jonathan Brogden and Richard Highley are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):John Bramhall

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Brogden; Richard Highley 

Key Clients

Delta Capital International

CMC Markets UK

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Work highlights

  • Acted for CMC Markets, a spread betting provider (and its worldwide subsidiaries) in a fraud and conspiracy claim against the group’s chief commercial officer.

Fladgate LLP's scope of practice includes¬†recovery litigation, insolvency, fraud, payment systems, mis-selling matters, claims against professionals, and disputes between banks. Steven Mash¬†is known for his focus on claimant matters against large institutions. He also defends clients against actions brought against them¬†and is a civil fraud specialist. Bree Taylor¬†heads the dispute resolution team, of which Simon Ekins, and Alexander Wildsch√ľtz¬†are key members. Simon Brew¬†left for¬†TWM Solicitors LLP.

Other key lawyers:Steven Mash; Simon Ekins; Alexander Wildschütz

Work highlights

  • In the RBS rights issue litigation, the practice acted for 33,000 claimants against The Royal Bank of Scotland and others in proceedings pursuant to section 90 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

Foot Anstey’s banking litigation practice is experienced in disputes involving commercial lending, credit, currency, guarantee, security and recoveries. The team also defends fraud-related claims and assists with disputes over the conduct of receiverships. Bristol-based Mark Rhys-Jones and Steven Richards in Exeter are the principal contacts. Former CMS senior associate James Gliddon, who is a banking and financial services litigator, joined the Bristol office as partner.

Practice head(s):Mark Rhys-Jones

Other key lawyers:Steven Richards; James Gliddon

Key Clients

Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of Scotland on its defence against a high-value claim which arose from a currency dispute.

Gowling WLG acts in high-profile regulatory matters, including LIBOR and FX claims, and frequently assists with disputes involving structured finance, restructuring, and fraud. James Sidwell has extensive experience in banking and finance litigation, as well as contentious regulatory issues. Director Catherine Naylor, principal associate Verity Barker, and senior associate Sean Adams are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:Catherine Naylor; Verity Barker; Sean Adams

Key Clients

JP Morgan Ventures Energy

JP Morgan Chase Bank

First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees

Grant Thornton

Liquidators of Durant International and Kildare Finance


Work highlights

  • Defended JP Morgan Ventures Energy against a claim commenced in the English Commercial Court by a Swedish natural resources company, which alleged breach of commercial contracts. The case gave rise to significant questions on jurisdiction and procedure.

Jenner & Block LLP 'has a very experienced group of litigators, who have the experience and ability to deal with large banking disputes'. The team focuses on complex litigation matters for and against banks and hedge funds. Christian Tuddenham acts in high-profile cases in the financial services sector, and Jason Yardley's practice includes contentious insolvency and fraud matters. Elizabeth Shimmin was made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):Christian Tuddenham

Other key lawyers:Jason Yardley; Elizabeth Shimmin


'The partners are exceptionally hardworking and hands-on, and fully on top of the detail. The firm has strong practitioners at all levels of seniority and is well-placed to handle big-ticket litigation.'

'Christian Tuddenham is a very good strategic thinker.'

'Jason Yardley is a standout individual in this field, who is an extremely clever, hands-on and creative lawyer.'

Key Clients

Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings

The liquidators of Singularis Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings in a worldwide action against the Unitech Group, one of India’s largest real estate groups, to enforce an award valued at approximately $500m.

K&L Gates LLP is well known for its litigation experience in relation to real estate finance, banking-related professional negligence, structured finance, and white-collar and regulatory-related investigations and insurance coverage-related disputes in the banking sector. Anne McCarthy is noted for real estate finance litigation and banking and insolvency work, John Magnin is 'exceptionally easy to work with and pragmatic', Sarah Turpin is an insurance coverage dispute expert, and Clare Tanner is an experienced special counsel.

Practice head(s):John Magnin; Anne McCarthy

Other key lawyers:Sarah Turpin; Clare Tanner

Key Clients

US Bank Trustees

Joint Receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund

CSC Trustees

Work highlights

  • Represented CSC Trustees, as security agent, on appeal in rectification proceedings.

Locke Lord LLP's team is 'very knowledgeable and able to use other departments to offer a full service to clients' business'. Kevin Heath is highly regarded for asset and ‎consumer finance litigation, including cross-‎border asset ‎recovery, leasing insolvencies, and fraud. Joanne Davis' practice includes asset and motor finance asset recoveries and finance litigation.

Practice head(s):Kevin Heath

Other key lawyers:Joanne Davis


'They are commercially minded and happy to listen to clients' ideas and create a collaborative approach.'

'Standout lawyer Kevin Heath is tenacious and really champions cases. It is evident that the client is of the utmost importance and he draws on his experience to assist while always appearing up-to-date on cases.'

Key Clients

Close Brothers Asset Finance

Shawbrook Bank

Liberty Leasing


ING Lease (UK)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Liberty Leasing (Liberty) in court proceedings in Miami to obtain an order for the delivery up of high-value ‎vehicles, which were exported without Liberty’s consent.‎

Teacher Stern LLP has a largely conflict-free platform and 'a lot of experience in banking litigation'. Head of financial services dispute resolution, Philip Rubens, is widely respected for large-scale actions against the banks for the mis-selling of financial products, and David Bowman is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Philip Rubens

Other key lawyers:David Bowman


'Philip Rubens is very experienced in banking litigation. He is also a creative thinker and sees opportunities for arguments where others might not.'

'David Bowman is a very hands-on senior associate who is a safe pair of hands to run a case.'

Key Clients

Connexion Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Multi-party litigation on behalf of approximately 135 claimants against Barclays and the Bank of Scotland in relation to a shared appreciation mortgage product.
  • Representing Connexion Capital in its dispute with entities and individuals from the Red Kite family of investment companies in relation to fees payable following the referral of investors into Red Kite funds.

TLT's focus is on retail, commercial and wholesale banking litigation and investigations. Andrew Lyon specialises in disputes involving professional negligence and fraud claims, business and corporate recovery, product mis-selling, and bank security issues. Also key to the practice are London professional negligence head Peter Richards-Gaskin, Russell Kelsall, and Paul Gair. Michael Ruck was hired from Pinsent Masons LLP, while Michael Isaacs left to lead BT's in-house litigation team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Lyon; Peter Richards-Gaskin

Other key lawyers:Russell Kelsall; Paul Gair; Michael Ruck

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland


Lloyds Bank


FCE Bank

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

State Bank of India

Punjab National Bank


Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of 13 Indian banks on registering and enforcing a £1bn-plus Indian judgment in England against a high-profile Indian businessman.

Wallace LLP is a conflict-free firm that 'has considerable commercial and litigation experience'. It regularly litigates against banks and financial institutions in relation to complex, domestic, and multi-jurisdictional banking and financial services disputes. Alexander Weinberg has particular expertise in high-value disputes involving financial institutions and hedge funds, including those under the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Master Agreement. Craig Thompson and Oli Goldman are also highly rated.

Practice head(s):Alexander Weinberg

Other key lawyers:Craig Thompson; Oli Goldman


'A boutique firm that really punches above its weight. It has clever, commercially-minded lawyers with good judgement, who are also really fun to work with.'

'Alexander Weinberg is tremendously bright and has acute commercial judgement. He is a good choice for clients who want a personal service but with Magic Circle brainpower.'

'Oli Goldman is a determined litigator and a very effective negotiator during top-dollar cases.'

Key Clients

Muhammad Ammar Khan

Yana Alexandroff

Kenplaid, Kirkhollow and Keybank

Work highlights

  • Defended, together with US co-counsel, Dubai-based  independent equities and derivatives trader, Muhammad Ammar Khan, against US proceedings commenced by the Securities Exchange Commission for alleged insider trading.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's banking litigation practice benefits from the firm's widely respected finance work, particularly asset and trade finance. The team regularly advises banks on issues arising out of restructurings and insolvencies, and it also acts against banks. Other areas include investment bank-related disputes surrounding derivatives, capital markets, bondholders, and trade finance. Maritime litigator Charles Buss, along with Andrew Ward, Andrew Hutcheon, Thomas Ross, and Rob Fidoe are the key advisers. Former litigation and arbitration head Andrew Savage left for McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hutcheon; Andrew Ward; Charles Buss; Thomas Ross; Rob Fidoe

Key Clients

Investec Bank Plc

Macquarie Group


Société Générale

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acted for Investec Bank in a dispute concerning a solar photovoltaic farm, which arose from the rent review provisions of the solar farm lease.

Commercial litigation

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Bevan Brittan LLP is well known for its local authority and public sector-related disputes experience; the practice also fields litigators in fraud, financial services, IT, breach of duty claims, and contractual disputes. Virginia Cooper specialises in collective actions and is experienced in financial services disputes.

Other key lawyers:Virginia Cooper

Clifford Chance LLP's 'highly dedicated and resourceful team is a real pleasure to work with. It has everything - very experienced seniors and capable juniors; knowledge, resources and a professional attitude'. It regularly acts in high-profile matters involving reputational issues and the team's cases are typically cross-border. In a landmark Supreme Court decision on contractual penalty clauses, Julian Acratopulo led advice to Talal El Makdessi on his dispute with a WPP subsidiary, marking the first time the UK Supreme Court has considered the penalties doctrine in over 100 years. Jeremy Kosky is head of commercial litigation and Helen Carty is litigation and dispute resolution head. Other practitioners to note are Philip Hill, Roger Leese, Jeremy Sandelson, Maxine Mossman, Kelwin Nicholls, Matthew Scully and Christopher Yates. Simon Davis became the new president of the Law Society in July 2019.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Kosky; Helen Carty

Other key lawyers:Julian Acratopulo; Philip Hill; Roger Leese; Jeremy Sandelson; Maxine Mossman; Kelwin Nicholls; Matthew Scully; Christopher Yates; Simon Davis


'Reliable, thorough, hardworking and leave no stone unturned when looking for the answer to a problem. Importantly, they are also a fun, harmonious and friendly team - every other firm has some of these attributes but none have it all'.

'Highly skilled and always available.'

'Philip Hill is probably the brainiest commercial solicitor in London and a top choice for any really difficult case. He is superb with clients and a superb team leader. He is also an outstanding tactician'.

'Julian Acratopulo is very able, very clever and very tough. Clients don’t want him on the other side, as they know it’s going to hurt'.

'Jeremy Sandelson has excellent client-handling skills and is a great tactician'.

'Jeremy Kosky is cool, calm and unflappable.'

'Simon Davis is a strategist with incredible experience'.

'Maxine Mossman has the rare capacity to be on top of every detail of a complex case while at the same time not letting the detail interfere with the bigger picture'.

'Chris Yates is a superb litigator - the complete package'.

Key Clients



The Raytheon Company

General Electric

News Corp

Apax Partners



Dr Mike Lynch


Work highlights

  • Advises a client on an ongoing basis in relation to disputes that arise from the supply of aircrafts.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 'has no weak links - every member of the team makes a valuable contribution to cases'. The firm fields one of the largest and most specialised commercial and corporate litigation practices in the UK across all sectors. Highlights included John Whiteoak leading advice to an international group of companies on disputes surrounding the ownership and possession of a fleet of vessels, which were claimed by a Nigerian company. Damien Byrne Hill is UK and US head of dispute resolution; Alan Watts is UK commercial litigation head; Rupert Lewis leads the banking litigation practice in London; EMEA dispute resolution head Philip Carrington has wide experience of fraud-related litigation; while Alexander Oddy leads the firm's alternative dispute resolution practice. Also key to the practice are Julian Copeman, James Baily, Natasha Johnson, Neil Blake and Rachel Lidgate. The senior associates to note are Fiona Treanor, Andrew Cooke and Kevin Kilgour; Gregg Rowan  relocated to the firm's Melbourne office.

Practice head(s):Damien Byrne Hill; Alan Watts

Other key lawyers:John Whiteoak; Rupert Lewis; Philip Carrington; Alexander Oddy; Julian Copeman; James Baily; Natasha Johnson; Neil Blake; Rachel Lidgate; Fiona Treanor; Andrew Cooke; Kevin Kilgour


'London's premier litigation practice. There is no other team in the City which can offer its breadth of experience in the field. Moreover, given its litigation focus, it is able to deploy significant resources to cases where required'.

'Rupert Lewis is an obvious standout;  he has developed into one of the foremost commercial litigators in the City. He has excellent judgement and a great breadth of experience'.

Key Clients

Associated British Foods

British American Tobacco


Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland





Work highlights

  • Acted for a group of companies that are part of a large palladium and refined nickel producer in claims worth approximately $300m, surrounding the sale of an interest in two nickel mines in southern Africa.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'a UK litigation powerhouse that is strongly recommended for any matters related to UK litigation or complex multi-jurisdictional challenges'. The practice advises on high-profile, high-value and precedent-setting matters across a range of commercial disputes, which involve shareholders and joint ventures, with a particular focus on the financial services and life sciences sectors. It also fields specialists in cases involving Russia and the CIS. On behalf of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, Michael Roberts secured one of the most significant and widely acclaimed Court of Appeal decisions for many years, which re-established the importance - and applicability - of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations. Michael Davison heads the firm's litigation, arbitration and employment practice group, Chris Hardman  is working on some of the largest matters currently before the English courts, and Richard Lewis has a particular specialism in acting for claimants in fraud cases. Also highly rated are Neil Mirchandani, Rebecca Wales, Alex Sciannaca and Ivan Shiu, together with counsels Daniel Armstrong and Hannah Piper.

Practice head(s):Michael Davison

Other key lawyers:Chris Hardman; Richard Lewis; Michael Roberts; Neil Mirchandani; Rebecca Wales; Alex Sciannaca; Ivan Shiu; Daniel Armstrong; Hannah Piper


'Comes up with innovative practical solutions to seemingly impossible client problems. It is this ability to think outside the box that marks this firm out'.

'The advice is fast, sharp and to the point, and 24/7 availability is the norm to expect from the firm'.

'Chris Hardman is a senior partner whose litigation nous is the best some clients have encountered, as is his ability to grasp the detail of the numerous cases in which he is involved. He is rightly regarded as one of the best litigators in the city'.

'Alex Sciannaca is an outstanding litigator '.

'Neil Merchandani pays attention to detail and is thorough - good qualities to have in complex litigation with tens of thousands of data'.

'Richard Lewis is a superb strategist - not a litigator you want to be up against'.

'Michael Roberts is a fiercely intelligent lawyer, who has inner steel and is a pleasure to deal with'.

'Rebecca Wales is a good all-rounder - bright, unflappable and efficient'.

Key Clients

National Express

ASTOR Management

BTA Bank

British American Tobacco

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

Ugo Benettolo, Zilmet and Zilmet UK

Cunico Resources

JSC CB PrivatBank

Work highlights

  • Achieved a successful settlement for Zilmet, an Italian manufacturer of pressure tanks and expansion vessels for use in central heating systems (and its UK subsidiary )in a high-value claim brought against them in the Commercial Court by Zilmet's former UK partner and distributor, which included allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty by individual directors.

Allen & Overy LLP has a strong track record advising clients in challenging and business-critical cases, with the majority of the firm's commercial litigation cases involving an international dimension. The group regularly works alongside the firm's corporate, restructuring and banking practices. Highlight matters have included  Joanna Page leading the defence of an energy player's Indian subsidiary in UK litigation proceedings relating to the supply of liquefied petroleum gas. Calum Burnett heads the magic circle firm's UK litigation and investigations group, which includes partners such as leading individuals Lawson Caisley , Jonathan Hitchin and  James Partridge. Caisley's practice includes fraud and white-collar crime, cyber security breaches and shareholder disputes, with his sector expertise including private equity, aerospace and defence, technology and entertainment. Hitchin is well known for disputes arising during the acquisition and disposal of businesses, the failure of joint ventures, claims arising out of the insolvency and reconstruction of corporate entities, and fraud claims. Partridge meanwhile focuses on asset finance disputes in the aviation and shipping sectors, derivatives-related cases, and disputes involving the interpretation of complex commercial and financial agreements. Other well-regarded individuals are Alice Englehart and Richard Farnhill, along with counsel Sarah Garvey and senior associate Helen Biggin. In a boost to the investigations team Eve Giles was hired as partner in the white-collar crime team from Kingsley Napley LLP.

Practice head(s):Calum Burnett

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Hitchin; James Partridge; Joanna Page: Alice Englehart; Richard Farnhill; Sarah Garvey; Helen Biggin; Eve Giles


'Jonathan Hitchin is a superb litigator with an increasing reputation in competition law disputes'.

'Joanna Page is a first-class litigator and inspires confidence from clients; she is always on top of the detail'.

Work highlights

  • The team acted for an international hedge fund in relation to the theft of valuable algorithmic trading strategies by a rogue employee who fled to Hong Kong from the UK.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP fields 'profoundly capable lawyers who will truly get to the heart of a case'. The commercial litigation team is regularly instructed by some of the biggest companies in the world on large and complex mandates, which are frequently cross-jurisdictional. The 'sought after'  Kevin Lloyd and the 'formidable'  Richard Lawton acted for BAT Industries and BTI 2014 in litigation, which sought to recover two dividends plus interest (totalling approximately $880m) from Sequana, Europe’s largest paper and packaging manufacturing and distribution company. Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC is London co-managing partner and chair of European and Asian litigation, while recently promoted partner Christopher Boyne and international counsel Akima Paul Lambert are also highly rated.

Practice head(s):Kevin Lloyd

Other key lawyers:Richard Lawton; Christopher Boyne; Akima Paul Lambert; Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC


'It is a top-quality team, from partners down to junior associates, who are capable of grappling with the most complex cases'.

'This absolutely first-class firm is involved in the biggest and most complex commercial disputes and is stacked with talented lawyers who are also commercially aware'.

'Kevin Lloyd is deservedly one of the most highly sought after partners in the London market. He is an incredibly smart lawyer, an astute tactician, commercially savvy and a supreme negotiator - the complete package'.

'Richard Lawton is a formidable force. He is an exceptional technical lawyer who is all over the detail of a case and has sound litigation instincts. Allied to that, he is an indomitable fighter who leaves no stone unturned for his clients. Clients want him on their team'.

'International counsel Christopher Boyne is someone with the ability to take charge of the most difficult disputes. He handles - and wins - heavy, complex commercial disputes matters and is a hit with clients - one to watch'.

'International counsel Akima Paul Lambert is a pleasure to work with, client focused and very responsive'.

Key Clients

British American Tobacco

Robert Tchenguiz

Whiteleave Holdings


Royal Dutch Shell

PJSC Tatneft

PSJC Uralkali

Work highlights

  • Acted for Whiteleave Holdings (a company ultimately controlled by billionaire Vladimir Potanin) in its shareholder dispute with Rusal, a company that is connected to billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

Latham & Watkins' 'very professional team is hands on and provides clear guidance. Timing is also always good and clients know that they are in good hands'. It is highly regarded for high-profile litigation, including cases that are mission-critical for clients, cases that produce important new laws and cases in new areas, such as group actions and test cases. The firm has been making a push to grow its City disputes team in recent years, adding a number of partners including financial services litigators  Jon Holland and Andrea Monks from Hogan Lovells in 2018. Significant matters have seen Sophie Lamb QC represent Royal Dutch Shell and The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in group actions brought on behalf of thousands of residents of two Niger Delta communities in relation to alleged environmental pollution.  London practice head Oliver Browne is experienced in complex commercial litigation and arbitration, while global litigation vice-chair  Martin Davies' practice covers corporate and shareholder disputes as well as litigation in the banking, technology, data and communications sectors. Also key to the group is Ian Felstead , as well as counsels Daniel Smith and Oliver Middleton.

Practice head(s):Martin Davies; Oliver Browne

Other key lawyers:Sophie Lamb QC; Ian Felstead; Jon Holland; Andrea Monks; Daniel Smith; Oliver Middleton


'Excellent communicators who know the law and are very good at explaining this verbally and in writing.  Their writing skills in legal proceedings (letters and briefs) are outstanding'.

Key Clients

The Carlyle Group

Royal Dutch Shell

Barclays Bank


Singapore Airlines

London Stock Exchange


Samba Financial Group

Renesas Electronics Europe

Sinovac Biotech

Work highlights

  • Successfully protected Sinovac Biotech and its board of directors from the actions of dissenting shareholders, including 1Globe Capital, a US medical biotechnology research organisation.

Linklaters LLP 'has a very strong commercial litigation team that stands out due to the quality of its associates and partners'. The practice is highly rated for its handling of large, complex, multi-jurisdictional cases from London, including contractual interpretation cases and big-ticket corporate and financial disputes that involve top-tier UK and international companies. Co-energy disputes team head Ben Carroll and Susana Cao Miranda acted for mining giant Glencore International (GI), in its defence of a breach of contract claim brought by Minera las Bambas and MMG Swiss Finance, which arose out of the sale by GI of a large copper mine in South America.  The dispute came about when alleged tax liabilities were pursued by the local tax authority and turns on the interpretation of several indemnities and complex issues of Peruvian law. Michael Bennett is global head of dispute resolution and Satindar Dogra is London dispute resolution head; other names to note in the practice include  Tom Cassels , who is known for his strength in public law and competition litigation, and Patrick Robinson who focuses on banking and financial markets disputes.

Practice head(s):Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra

Other key lawyers:Ben Carroll; Susana Cao Miranda; Tom Cassels; Patrick Robinson

Key Clients

Glencore International

Bayerische Landesbank

Credit Suisse

Hutchison 3G UK (Three Mobile)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Three Mobile in its breach of contract claim in the Commercial Court against EE, which related to the parties' agreed rollout of network infrastructure on their shared mobile telecoms network.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP 'tables an all-star team of diverse individuals with busy practices and has gained a deserved reputation as the very top of the litigation boutiques'. The firm's London office now has over 60 fee-earners running cases across the litigation and arbitration spectrum, making it one of the largest US-based litigation practices in the City. Nick Marsh is chair of the London civil fraud practice, while Richard East is London senior partner and the 'legendary'  Sue Prevezer QC and energy litigation chair Ted Greeno  are co-managing partners of the office. The practice also fields Robert Hickmott, Matthew Bunting and Alex Gerbi. East and Khaled Khatoun acted for private equity firm PCP Capital (PCP) in a £1.5bn civil claim against Barclays, which arose out of fraudulent misrepresentations that PCP alleges were made to it by Barclays when negotiating its participation in a Barclays' capital raising. Aidan O’Rourke was made partner and Yasseen Gailani is an experienced of counsel.

Practice head(s):Richard East; Sue Prevezer QC

Other key lawyers:Nick Marsh; Robert Hickmott; Matthew Bunting; Ted Greeno; Alex Gerbi; Khaled Khatoun; Aidan O’Rourke; Yasseen Gailani


'Its teams are much smaller than many other heavyweight firms but that is what makes it so nimble and adaptable; every partner is very commercial and hands on, with all the work very much partner-led rather than the associates' work just rubber stamped. That said, the associates themselves are brilliant and the partners often discuss strategy with associates as peers'.

'Nick Marsh is a brilliant lawyer with an out-of-the-box approach; he is capable of managing cases in multiple jurisdictions involving numerous legal teams'.

'Alex Gerbi is a natural leader and one of the top litigation lawyers in London'.

Key Clients

PCP Capital

Pacific Investment Management

Anchorage Capital

Algebris (UK)




Oak Finance Luxembourg

Receivers and managers of the Libyan Investment Authority

Millennium Global Markets Credit Fund (in liquidation)

Work highlights

  • Represented the first and second defendants to a claim for $400m, which arose from an alleged fraud against the Arcadia Petroleum Group.

Simmons & Simmons' 'clients get an all-round service from committed lawyers who know their business'. The commercial litigation team has expertise in complex contractual, boardroom and joint venture disputes that are often cross-border. UK dispute resolution practice head Ian Hammond  defended a £1.5bn claim against Grant Thornton, brought by Robert Tchenguiz, which alleged conspiracy with the Serious Fraud Office in relation to an investigation into the Tchenguiz brothers and their roles in Kaupthing Bank's collapse.  Senior partner Colin Passmore is a privilege expert  who has maintained a litigation practice alongside his management role and Patrick Boylan specialises in high-value commercial and fraud disputes. Other key advisers are Ed Crosse, Robert Turner, and managing associates Paolo Caldato and Kirsten Kitt. Chris Owen was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Ian Hammond

Other key lawyers:Colin Passmore; Patrick Boylan; Ed Crosse, Robert Turner; Paolo Caldato; Kirsten Kitt; Chris Owen


'The firm has the resources and knowledge to pull in expertise from different areas when necessary'.

Key Clients

Grant Thornton UK (and individual partners)

Sushovan Hussain (former Chief Financial Officer of Autonomy Corporation

The Capital Markets Company (UK)

O1 Group


LG Electronics

Sheffield Environmental Services



Animo Associates

Work highlights

  • Represented Sushovan Hussain, the former chief financial officer of Autonomy Corporation (Autonomy), in a $5bn claim  brought by Hewlett-Packard and which arose out of alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made about Autonomy's financial state.

Slaughter and May is 'a class act - the Rolls-Royce service for commercial litigation'. Acting for FTSE 100 clients across all industry sectors, the practice attracts some of the most significant, complex and high-value cases in the market. Demonstrating the strength of the firm's practice, in what is reportedly one of the largest lawsuits in English legal history,  Richard Swallow and Efstathios Michael acted for BHP Group (BHP), an Anglo-Australian multinational mining, metals and petroleum company, and four non-UK-domiciled BHP entities, all of whom are defendants to claims that arose out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil. Sarah Lee heads the firm’s dispute resolution group while former practice head Deborah Finkler  has a broad practice but is particularly experienced in banking litigation and regulatory investigations as well as complex recovery and insolvency work.  Other highly regarded advisers in the team include Damian Taylor, Jonathan Clark, Richard Jeens and James Stacey, while Megan Sandler and Kimia Shedy are the senior associates to note. Camilla Sanger and Holly Ware were made partners in 2018.

Practice head(s):Sarah Lee

Other key lawyers:Richard Swallow; Efstathios Michael; Deborah Finkler; Damian Taylor; Jonathan Clark; Richard Jeens; James Stacey; Megan Sandler; Kimia Shedy; Camilla Sanger; Holly Ware


' An unparalleled ability to take technically difficult legal problems, set in a thick soup of complicated facts, and handle them in a way that is clear, pragmatic and gets the desired result - and all while making it look effortless.'

'Sarah Lee is the ideal partner to have on a client's side in a crisis; she is masterfully calm and practical'.

'James Stacey has an incredible ability to review at speed and remember in an almost photographic way the most complicated backstory to a dispute. He is truly impressive'.

'Richard Jeens is just the sort of cool hand clients need for the most complex of litigation.'

'Holly Ware is  a real rising star - highly organised, dedicated to clients' needs, incisive and thoughtful'.

Key Clients

BHP Group and other BHP entities

Mercuria Energy Europe Trading


British Airways

BT Pension Scheme Trustees

First MTR South Western Trains



Koninklijke Philips

Work highlights

  • Advised Mercuria Energy Europe Trading on claims brought against it and its co-defendant (RBS) in the Financial List, which arose out of carbon emissions market trading in 2009.

Stewarts Law LLP's 'lawyers are highly co-ordinated, smart, commercial, proactive and responsive'. The largest litigation-only law firm in the UK, it is almost uniquely conflict-free and one of the few London firms able to accept instructions against major banks and financial institutions. Clive Zietman heads the commercial litigation department, Sean Upson has a highly rated banking litigation practice, Keith Thomas has over 20 years’ experience dealing with the full range of banking disputes, and David Hughes advises governments, sovereign funds and institutional clients on complex fraud and regulatory issues; the other names to note are Marc Jones, Fiona Gillett, Paul Brehony and Lucy Ward. Elaina Bailes and Lorraine Lanceley were made up to the partnership in 2019.

Practice head(s):Clive Zietman

Other key lawyers:Sean Upson; Keith Thomas; David Hughes; Marc Jones; Fiona Gillett; Paul Brehony; Lucy Ward; Elaina Bailes; Lorraine Lanceley


'One of the top litigation firms in the market; it is prepared to take risks and invest resources in cases that others might not, leading to rewards that others might not earn'.

'A superb litigation team with bags of experience dealing with really major litigation. It is more than a match for large City firms'.

'Clive Zietman takes no hostages and pulls no punches, but is not overly or unnecessarily aggressive; he is very straight-talking both to clients and counsel, which removes any room for misunderstanding'.

'Sean Upson is a very clever, thoughtful and superb lawyer'.

'Recently appointed partner Lorraine Lanceley is a star; she is fantastic with clients and works incredibly hard - a key person to have on the team'.

Key Clients

Fortress Investment Group and Cyrus Capital Partners

Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan

Palladyne International Asset Management

Grant Thornton BVI

Work highlights

  • Acted for the bond purchasers and issuer in claims against BNP Paribas, as arranging bank, for negligently failing to ensure the validity of security documents.

Travers Smith LLP is 'populated by extremely capable and dedicated partners and associates; each of them is at the top of their game.' The firm's full-service dispute resolution department acts in all types of complex commercial and corporate litigation for both UK entities and international clients. Examples of the team's work include Toby Robinson, Andrew King, Jan-Jaap Baer and Stephanie Lee  representing various Hewlett-Packard group companies (HP) in high-value proceedings in the Chancery Division, which arose out of HP's $11bn acquisition of Autonomy. Rob Fell is dispute resolution department head; Stephen Paget-Brown is experienced in a wide range of domestic and international commercial disputes; and Caroline Edwards  works on substantial commercial and corporate disputes, and is also developing a reputation in competition litigation. The other key contacts are Huw Jenkin and Heather Gagen; Alexa Day was elected to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Rob Fell

Other key lawyers:Toby Robinson; Andrew King; Jan-Jaap Baer; Stephanie Lee; Rob Fell; Stephen Paget-Brown; Caroline Edwards; Huw Jenkin; Heather Gagen; Alexa Day


'Its client base and the cases the firm gets reflect that it is at the leading edge of City law firms'.

'The lawyers' focus is very clear - to do everything within their power to provide the client with the best possible service. Every member of the team is devoted to that cause and the approach of the entire team is consistent'.

'Stephen Paget-Brown really cares about his clients and always works professionally; he is also very good at analysing situations and forming strategies for the future'.

'Huw Jenkin is exceptionally clever - his clients are in the very best hands'.

'Andrew King is a legend, who is wise and experienced'.

'Stephanie Lee is a rising star, who is masterful at everything she does - clever, excellent drafting and strategic'.

Key Clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Renesas Electronics

Ancala Partners

Pathfinder Minerals

Macquarie Capital (Europe)

DAF Trucks

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ancala Partners, an infrastructure investment manager, in a dispute that arose from its acquisition of an interest in a North Sea gas pipeline and related infrastructure.

White & Case LLP is 'a truly first-class collection of lawyers with talent at all levels, from the top partner to the most junior associate'. The practice represents financial institutions, multinational corporates, technology companies, and oil and gas super-majors in their highest-value and most significant disputes, including cross-border matters. John Reynolds co-heads the global financial institutions practice and recently acted in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving the purchase of a fixed line telecoms operator in Ukraine; Charles Balmain is EMEA disputes section head for commercial litigation and white collar matters, meanwhile Mark Clarke is head of oil and gas disputes in London. The other key names are Amanda Cowell, Hannah Field-Lowes and Rory Hishon. The London office has been expanding its disputes practice in the City, adding Steven Baker, who advises on complex, cross-border banking disputes, from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Chris Brennan from Addleshaw Goddard, where he led the regulatory investigations and enforcement practice, and Laura Durrant from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was most recently head of litigation and investigations. The practice also promoted John Rogerson and Jonah Anderson to the partnership in 2019. Former counsel Paddy Patrick left to become WeWork's EMEA dispute resolution head.

Practice head(s):John Reynolds; Charles Balmain

Other key lawyers:Mark Clark; Amanda Cowell; Hannah Field-Lowes; Rory Hishon; Steven Baker; Chris Brennan; Laura Durrant; John Rogerson; Jonah Anderson


'White and Case is an impressive firm, with partners who are truly dedicated to cases and to securing favourable outcomes for clients'.

'The commercial litigation team is excellent - top-quality partners, top-quality associates and top-quality work, and it is growing in terms of numbers and reputation as a result'.

'John Reynolds is long recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the field. He is pragmatic, accomplished and good fun'.

'Charles Balmain is an extremely impressive litigator, with great practical advice and an ability to spot - and emphasise - the winning arguments'.

'Rory Hishon is the king of detail; he knows all his cases inside out and is on top of everything'.

'Amanda Cowell is a whirlwind of energy - someone clients definitely want in their corner'.

'John Rogerson is a highly talented junior partner with gravitas beyond his years and an eloquent manner'.

Key Clients

Goldman Sachs International

OJSC International Bank of Azerbaijan

Ingenious Media Investments and Ingenious Capital Management

System Capital Management

Çukurova Holding



Aquila WSA Aviation Opportunities II

Work highlights

  • Represented a Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Australian Securities Exchange-listed mining company in English High Court litigation proceedings, which involved alleged breaches of a sale and purchase agreement involving Peru's Las Bambas mining project.

Addleshaw Goddard 'has a very dedicated and commercial approach to all aspects of disputes'. The firm has one of the UK's largest litigation practice and is regularly instructed in the biggest and most high-profile cases in the English courts, including large IT disputes and bet-the-company fraud cases. Michael Barnett is litigation head, Mark Molyneux, who divides his time between the London and Manchester offices, is commercial litigation head, and Louisa Caswell is London commercial litigation lead. The other names to note are Jon Tweedale, Richard Wise and Richard Clayton, along with legal director Mark Chesher and managing associate Natasha Winter. Former managing associate Richard Levett left for Enyo Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Michael Barnett; Louisa Caswell; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Jon Tweedale; Richard Wise; Richard Clayton; Mark Chesher; Natasha Winter


'Strategic in their thinking, clear in their advice and they don't sit on the fence. The lawyers are also great to deal with - pragmatic, commercial and understanding of the pressures in-house teams are under'.

'Michael Barnett is a star performer who brings his vast experience of business disputes to bear on the cases he litigates. His ability to think out of the box and divine the other side's Achilles heel is just as impressive as his in-depth knowledge of law and procedure'.

'Louisa Caswell stands out for her unflappable ability to handle the most difficult case and position'.

'Richard Clayton is a great tactical thinker who is always able to achieve outstanding results for his clients'.

'Richard Wise is a very organised, able young partner, who will be a real star in the future'.

Key Clients

Associated British Foods




The Road Haulage Association

Co-operative Insurance Group

NKT Group of companies

Pendragon (Master) Fund


Money Supermarket


Manchester Airport Group


Solvay Group

Work highlights

  • In a seminal product liability case, the team acted for  GlaxoSmithKline, the UK's largest pharmaceutical company, in its defence of over 100 claims brought under a group litigation order.

Ashurst has a 'consistently excellent team of dispute lawyers, with  a hands-on approach from partners, supported by a first-class team of associates'. The practice regularly manages commercial agreement disputes, while growth areas include follow-on damages claims, data litigation, procurement cases, judicial review and corporate investigations. Head of the firm's global dispute resolution practice Simon Bromwich specialises in the resources and infrastructure sector, with a particular emphasis on construction disputes; London dispute resolution department leader James Levy's practice covers complex, high-value disputes for corporations and financial institutions; while Jon Gale specialises in high-profile and complex commercial and regulatory disputes, particularly in the digital economy, transport and financial services sectors. Former counsel Jessica Neuberger left for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP , while the highly regarded Edward Sparrow is now a consultant and chairman of the City of London Law Society.

Practice head(s):James Levy

Other key lawyers:Simon Bromwich; Jon Gale


'The Ashurst team is extraordinarily pragmatic and commercial in its approach and quickly able to grasp the concerns, risks, objectives and motivation of a business very early in the dispute process.'

'James Levy, Jon Gale and Simon Bromwich get thoroughly into the details of their cases, give very sound advice to their clients, and defend their interests with impressive vigour and determination'.

Key Clients


BAE Systems

London Underground


Al Dawlia

Urban & Civic Developments


Regent University

Work highlights

  • Further to the European Commission's decisions on a truck cartel, the team acted for Ryder and its subsidiary, Hill Hire, in a high-value private damages action against 20 defendants from the DAF, MAN, Daimler, Iveco and Volvo/Renault groups of companies.

Legacy Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave merged in 2018 to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. The combined London commercial litigation team is 'co-ordinated, available and always ready to support' and it frequently acts in high-profile litigation in the UK and overseas for global blue-chip, and high-net-worth clients. Oliver Glynn-Jones heads the London commercial dispute resolution team and Graham Shear leads the international litigation and corporate risk group. Other highly regarded advisers are Joby Davies, Mathew Rea  and Oran Gelb. Sarah McAtominey and Helen Armstrong are the senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):Oliver Glynn-Jones

Other key lawyers:Graham Shear; Joby Davies; Mathew Rea; Oran Gelb; Sarah McAtominey; Helen Armstrong


'A much admired and experienced commercial litigation team'.

'A diligent and skilful team of litigators'.

'Oliver Glynn-Jones  and Oran Gelb are obvious standouts; they combine excellent analytical and tactical judgement with a commercial, client-friendly approach'.

Key Clients

BCA Trading

Torchlight Fund

BGC Brokers

Martin Brokers Group

Quick Service Logistics

SBR Soletanche Bachy International

Middle East National Airline

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended an unfair prejudice petition brought against BCA Trading in a case that included the first contested application to use predictive coding during disclosure.

Clyde & Co LLP's 'clients' experiences always exceed expectations', according to some of those using the firm. With a well-known strength for insurance-sector work, the firm's large UK practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes for a range of industries. Its experience includes contractual issues, defence of class actions, shareholder disputes, M&A and joint venture matters, fraud, jurisdictional issues, warranty disputes, and enforcement proceedings. Recommended practitioners include¬†Chris Burdett, who divides his time between London and Guildford, Richard Power, Neil Jamieson, Helen Rowlands, Tom White¬†and Tim Crockford¬†.¬† Consultant Conrad Walker,¬†and legal directors Anna Myrvang¬† and Nicola VinovrŇ°ki¬†are also experienced advisers.

Other key lawyers:Chris Burdett; Richard Power; Neil Jamieson; Helen Rowlands; Tom White; Tim Crockford; Conrad Walker; Anna Myrvang; Nicola Vinovrški 


'Clyde & Co always shows the utmost professionalism and its lawyers are also very personable; working with them is truly a pleasure. The firm also has impeccable client service and stands out for its expertise'.

'They consistently demonstrate a strong grasp of the issues, the law and the underlying facts'.

'Consultant Conrad Walker knows how to operate in a complex environment and how to guide clients when taking strategic decisions during complicated litigation'.

'Legal director Anna Myrvang is a highly intelligent lawyer, who is both tenacious and personable'.

CMS is 'excellent in communicating with clients and knowing what clients want in advance'. The firm has one of the larger disputes practices in the City and is widely respected for high-profile, bet-the-company disputes, regulatory litigation and investigations, and energy, technology and outsourcing disputes. Ben Trust and Steven Corney co-head the London litigation and arbitration group, while Jonathan Warne heads the wider litigation, arbitration practice. Also key to the practice are Bernard O’Sullivan, Guy Pendell, Jeremy Mash and Richard Bamforth, along with Omar Qureshi, Andrew Taplin, Lee Gluyas, Sukhi Kaler, David Bridge and Luke Pardey. Louise Boswell and Tim Sales are the senior associates to note and Tamsin Blow was made partner.

Practice head(s):Ben Trust; Steven Corney

Other key lawyers:Bernard O’Sullivan; Guy Pendell; Jeremy Mash; Richard Bamforth; Omar Qureshi; Andrew Taplin; Lee Gluyas; Sukhi Kaler; David Bridge; Luke Pardey; Louise Boswell; Tim Sales; Tamsin Blow


'The team is very well resourced and the lawyers are always reachable, even at partner level'.

'A team of first-rate lawyers with real strength in depth; the team is approachable, knowledgeable, efficient, effective and a joy to work with. They secure repeat instructions in high-value and complex commercial litigation and appear in some of the most high-profile and important cases'.

'Jonathan Warne is an expert litigator and great tactician, who always gives extremely valuable, strategic advice'.

Key Clients

Accident Exchange

Atos IT Services UK

British Broadcasting Corporation



London Stock Exchange Group



Slater & Gordon

Work highlights

  • Represented Slater & Gordon (UK)  (S&G) in its Commercial Court claim against Watchstone Group (formerly known as Quindell), for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty, which arose from the acquisition by S&G of Quindell's legal services division in 2015.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP 'takes on complex, commercial litigation and gets excellent results without fuss or waste'. Clients also praise  the high level of partner engagement at  the City boutique that specialises in complex and high-value commercial and financial dispute resolution.It's specialistfocus means it is free from conflicts of interest. Philip Young is a specialist in dispute resolution involving commercial and corporate matters, fraud, banking, partnerships, and insurance; Marc Keidan is well known across the high-end commercial disputes market; and Sinead O’Callaghan is particularly focused on the financial sector. Stephen Elam, Daniel Burbeary and Lydia Danon are also key litigators, and Arish Bharucha is an experienced senior associate.

Other key lawyers:Philip Young; Marc Keidan; Sinead O’Callaghan; Stephen Elam; Daniel Burbeary; Lydia Danon; Arish Bharucha 


'Extremely efficient and good at mastering the facts and legal principles involved in the cases they act in. They are particularly good at assisting counsel in conducting trials'.

'They are soon going to be too big to be called boutique! It is a full-service commercial disputes practice that stands out for its rigorous approach'.

'Philip Young is one of the main engines of the practice; he is very strong on the facts and the  law as well as on strategy, and he is always able to see the bigger picture'.

'Marc Keidan shows a particularly proactive approach and has a wealth of experience. He is great at producing creative ways to address unusual procedural situations and has a great instinct for what approach is most likely to succeed at hearings'.

'Sinead O'Callaghan is a superb litigator, with a focus on delivering the commercial outcome required by clients'.

'Lydia Danon is very impressive; she breeds confidence with her intelligence, eye for detail and excellent commercial awareness, and she has a determination and work effort that she puts on the line for clients'.

'Senior associate Arish Bharucha is a standout'.

Key Clients

CMOC Sales & Marketing

Grove Park Properties

Eastern European Engineering

India Infrastructure Finance UK

SWP Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for CMOC Sales & Marketing in the High Court in a substantial cyber fraud case involving over 80 parties, 25 jurisdictions and approximately 30 banks.

Dechert LLP  'has good ability to think strategically and give clients sound advice, from a general commercial and strategic perspective as well as a legal one'. The London practice fields complex commercial litigators who are best known for handling high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional disputes on behalf of  financial institutions, global corporations, high-net-worth individuals, corporate and sovereign debtholders, and investment funds. Commercial disputes head Dorothy Cory-Wright and counsel John Bedford joined  in 2018 from Sidley Austin LLP, while the other names to note are Andrew Hearn, Adam Silver and Stephen Surgeoner, along with senior associate Daniel Natoff. Former commercial disputes head Bernard Caulfield retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):Dorothy Cory-Wright

Other key lawyers:John Bedford; Andrew Hearn; Adam Silver; Stephen Surgeoner; Daniel Natoff


'Provide to-the-point accurate legal advice and  litigation strategy  in even the most  complex matters.'

'Strength in depth as a result of an impressive series of lateral hires'.

'Dorothy Cory-Wright is very well connected, practical and commercial'.

'Stephen Surgeoner is fantastic for client management'.

'Adam Silver is forensic, tenacious and always spots killer points. He is also modest and understated, achieving results with quiet but ruthless efficiency'.

'Counsel John Bedford shows incredible commitment to clients. He  is a calming presence for clients and very approachable'.

'Senior associate Daniel Natoff is a rising star, who is assured, polished, and with a remarkable focus on clients and their needs'.

Key Clients

The joint liquidators of Webinvest

Axle Holdings and Centigon Security Group


Franklin Templeton

Work highlights

  • Acted for Axle Holdings Pte (Axle) and Centigon Security Group (Centigon) in two sets of related proceedings in the UK and connected proceedings in the US, which related to Axle's approximately $80m acquisition of Centigon's share capital.

DLA Piper's litigation team is widely recognised for its international reach and deep sector expertise. It frequently advises on high value disputes such as Cyprus Popular Bank's attempts, as special administrator, to register a ‚ā¨3.5bn freezing injunction. Global co-litigation ¬†and regulatory chair¬†Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry¬†focuses on complex cross-border disputes and has particular expertise in banking, energy and natural resources; contentious M&A, fraud and asset tracing, and regulatory disputes.UK co-head of litigation and arbitration¬†Jeremy Andrews¬†is noted for fraud and asset tracing, banking and funds litigation, contentious trusts and estates, and natural resources disputes. Also highly regarded are Jamie Curle,¬†James Carter¬†and Edward Shaw, along with legal director¬†Jeremy Sher¬†and senior associate Charles Allin. Former Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†construction disputes counsel Anna Mills¬†joined as partner.

Practice head(s):Jean‑Pierre Douglas‑Henry; Jeremy Andrews

Other key lawyers:James Carter; Jamie Curle; Edward Shaw; Jeremy Sher; Charles Allin; Anna Mills

Key Clients

Renova Industries


Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration)

Solutus Advisors

Work highlights

  • Acted for Renova Industries (RI)  in proceedings brought in the BVI by RI and associated companies against Emmerson International (and various associated companies), which included a claim for declaratory relief in relation to the defendants' purported exercise of a joint venture exit mechanism.

Enyo Law LLP is 'an excellent, commercial litigation practice that manages to balance a very strong work ethic with a calm, friendly style'. It is a conflict-free, specialist disputes firm that has extensive experience in securing and enforcing judgments and awards around the world. Simon Twigden has been increasingly focused on work from the CIS, Middle East and North African regions, George Maling has over 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation, and Louise Bell specialises in complex disputes arising out of insolvency situations. Other key partners are Pietro Marino, Edward Allen, Jonathan Brook, Tim Elliss and Nick Jones.  Lucinda Orr was made partner in 2019 and Richard Levett was hired from Addleshaw Goddard in 2018.

Other key lawyers:Simon Twigden; George Maling; Louise Bell; Pietro Marino; Edward Allen; Jonathan Brook; Tim Elliss; Nick Jones; Lucinda Orr; Richard Levett


'One of the original and best boutique litigation firms. At every level, from the most senior partner to the newest associate, the practice has broad litigation experience and superb legal and tactical judgement.'

'Lawyers are absolutely focused on delivering a high-quality, cost-efficient dispute resolution service, and they work hard on keeping costs down by getting the best deals from members of the Bar and working efficiently themselves'.

'Simon Twigden is very hardworking, client focused and always on hand to provide advice and guidance'.

Key Clients

The Libyan Investment Authority

Wirsol Energy, Wircon UK Solar Assets and Wircon

Pan Africa Metals

Liquidator of Burnden Holdings (UK)

Banco de Portugal

Work highlights

  • Defended an alleged fraud claim with a jurisdiction challenge that is breaking new legal ground.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's commercial and corporate litigation team was recently active in taking three cases to trial, with one in the Court of Appeal. Commercial dispute resolution group head in London Mark Davenport is also global international commercial disputes head; Neville Byford has over 25 years’ litigation experience; Richard Little's experience includes high-value actions in the Commercial Court; and Jonathan Leach has particular expertise in energy, trade and finance related disputes.  Lucy Webster and Tim Browning are experienced principal associates, and legal director Rachel Bennet was hired from Enyo Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Mark Davenport

Other key lawyers:Neville Byford; Richard Little; Jonathan Leach; Lucy Webster; Tim Browning; Rachel Bennet

Key Clients

Barclay Pharmaceuticals

C Bidco

Damazein Global Investments

Peter Black Footwear and Accessories and Visage

Centinel Spine

Work highlights

  • Acted for one of the world’s largest offshore engineering firms in a Commercial Court claim that centred around a high-value contract for an oil rig purchase.

Jones Day's London office frequently represents significant corporations in groundbreaking, cross-border litigation and is particularly renowned for its civil fraud and international asset tracing experience. Sion Richards leads the firm's global disputes practice in London; Craig Shuttleworth advises on litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and expert determination, as well as matters that focus on claimant fraud actions and white-collar crime; and Barnaby Stueck focuses on complex fraud, contentious insolvency, asset tracing and investment fund disputes, which often involve offshore jurisdictions. Adam Brown and Rhys Thomas are also key names. Daniel Travers and Annabel Treadgold were made partners and Sarah Batley is an experienced of counsel.

Practice head(s):Sion Richards

Other key lawyers:Craig Shuttleworth; Barnaby Stueck; Adam Brown; Rhys Thomas; Daniel Travers; Annabel Treadgold; Sarah Batley

Key Clients



Azerbaijan Airlines

Joint liquidators of Angel Group and other related companies

RoundShield Partners

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to Mastercard in groundbreaking antitrust litigation commenced by retailers from across the UK and EU.  This was in connection with the legality of certain Mastercard fees paid by retailers for payment card transactions.

Macfarlanes LLP has 'very engaged and committed lawyers, who really get to grips with key issues'. The litigation practice is well known for high-value, high-stakes corporate and commercial disputes and investigations, particularly with a cross-border element.It frequently advises on  disputes  arising from corporate acquisitions, investments and re-organisations, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements. Iain Mackie is head of litigation and dispute resolution, and Lois Horne has particular experience in corporate and shareholder disputes, contract issues, banking litigation and financial crime. Other names to note are Matt McCahearty and Guy Morpuss QC, and senior solicitor Christopher Charlton. Corporate crime and investigations head Neill Blundell was recruited from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, and Simon Day and Elizabeth Doherty were made partners.

Practice head(s):Iain Mackie

Other key lawyers:Lois Horne; Matt McCahearty; Guy Morpuss QC; Christopher Charlton; Neill Blundell; Simon Day; Elizabeth Doherty


'The team has a depth of experience in cross-border matters, along with a network of global contacts and international experience that give it a strong edge when it comes to plotting strategy for multi-jurisdictional litigation'.

'Matt McCahearty is an outstanding strategist for international litigation matters. Calm and practical, he has the patience to learn all of the facts and ferret out the right legal solution for the situation'.

'Guy Morpuss QC provides an excellent service as an in-house firm silk'.

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'team is strong and has good cross border capability'. It acts for clients in commercial litigation across a number of industries, such as finance, manufacturing, telecoms, consumer products, energy and media. Ian McDonald heads the litigation and dispute resolution practice in London; pensions litigation practice head Stuart Pickford is particularly focused on commercial trusts, with his practice also including shareholder disputes and warranty claims; and Miles Robinson is recommended for substantial contractual and commercial litigation court claims, often with a cross-border element. Also key to the practice are Mark Stefanini, Alistair Graham and counsel Dan Hart . Well known white-collar partner Sam Eastwood  and Jason Hungerford were hired from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):Ian McDonald

Other key lawyers:Stuart Pickford; Miles Robinson; Mark Stefanini; Alistair Graham; Dan Hart; Sam Eastwood; Jason Hungerford


'Miles Robinson is a strong litigation team manager with good judgement'.

Key Clients

Société Générale

Panama Canal Authority

Principal Global Investors



ECOM Agrotrade

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees


Work highlights

  • Acted for Société Générale in an appeal against a judgment, which found that it had wrongly maintained freezing orders against a Turkish counterparty.

Norton Rose Fulbright 'provides in-depth sector knowledge and real identification with clients' issues and priorities; it is also one of the easiest teams around to work with'. The firm's disputes lawyers advise multinational and domestic corporate clients on the full spectrum of complex contentious corporate and commercial matters. It acts for public and private companies operating across the financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology, and life sciences and healthcare sectors. Recommended advisers are Ruth Cowley, Antony Corsi, Ffion Flockhart, Neil Miller and Patrick Bourke, along with EMEA head of litigation and  disputes and global head of antitrust Peter Scott . Of counsels Jane Park-Weir and Charlie Weston-Simons, who was promoted in 2018, are also recommended. Harriet Jones-Fenleigh was made partner in 2019. Veteran litigator and white collar specialist Sam Eastwood left for Mayer  Brown in 2018.

Practice head(s):Peter Scott; Patrick Bourke

Other key lawyers:Ruth Cowley; Antony Corsi; Ffion Flockhart; Neil Miller; Jane Park-Weir; Charlie Weston-Simons; Harriet Jones-Fenleigh


'Creative and effective litigators, who achieve outstanding results for their clients with great strategic thinking that outflanks many opponents'.

'Ffion Lockhart and of counsel Charlie Weston-Simons are outstanding'.

Key Clients



UBB Waste (Essex)

McLaren Technology Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Shell in its successful defence of a $183m multi-jurisdictional claim for conspiracy and breach of contract.

Pinsent Masons LLP' 'lawyers are very tough and determined in the pursuit of their clients' interests'. The practice is noted for high volume, big-ticket litigation and stands out for  complex commercial disputes in the energy, financial institutions and technology sector. It  frequently advises on cases with cross-border and multi-jurisdictional elements, including Russia and Ukraine. Michael Fenn is London litigation and regulatory head with Glasgow-based Laura Cameron heading the risk advisory services group . Also highly rated are Katharine Davies, Stuart McNeill, Alan Sheeley, Ben Fairhead, and legal directors Richard Dickman and Michael Fletcher. Daniel Gardiner is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Laura Cameron; Michael Fenn

Other key lawyers:Katharine Davies; Stuart McNeill; Alan Sheeley; Ben Fairhead; Richard Dickman; Michael Fletcher; Daniel Gardiner 


'A genuinely superb firm for big-ticket litigation that combines brilliant litigation tactics with professionalism and a team ethos that are unrivalled'.

'Katharine Davies is one of the most experienced and best dispute lawyers in the London market - the person clients absolutely want on their side'.

'Stuart McNeill is clever, calm, objective and balanced'.

'Michael Fenn is an exceptional adviser, who has significant experience acting for large clients - clients completely trust his advice'.

'Daniel Gardiner is a brilliant associate, who has good sense, good judgement and determination'.

Key Clients

Aeroflot- Russian Airlines

Trevarian Management and others

Dalriada Trustees

Novo Banco


BP International

Safestyle UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for six corporate defendants, including Teamtrend, Trade Point Agro and Milbert Ventures, in their groundbreaking successful jurisdictional challenge and discharge of a $2.6bn freezing injunction obtained by Privatbank.  

Reed Smith LLP 'has excellent client management skills, with an ability to cut through complex legal issues to the nub of a problem'. The practice advises on the full spectrum of commercial litigation matters, including complex provision of services contracts, interpretation of contract terms, and fraud and fiduciary duty issues. It also has extensive experience of contentious restructuring issues, unfair competition, and trade secrets disputes. Ben Summerfield and Richard Spafford co-chair the commercial and corporate litigation team, which also includes international arbitration specialist Belinda Paisley and international trade and commodities expert Vassia Payiataki, along with Paul Skeet, Tom Webley and Eoin O’Shea.The senior associates to note are Laura-May Scott and Simon Greer.

Practice head(s):Ben Summerfield

Other key lawyers:Richard Spafford; Belinda Paisley; Vassia Payiataki; Paul Skeet; Tom Webley; Eoin O’Shea; Laura-May Scott; Simon Greer


'Ben Summerfield is outstanding - a dream lawyer loved by clients for his ability to spot a killer point and distill complex matters into clear, succinct summaries'.

'Tom Webley is practical and commercial, with sound judgement as to what points a judge is - and is not - likely to be receptive to'.

RPC's 'extremely strong commercial litigation team is engaged in some of the most high-profile disputes in the market'. The well-established disputes practice frequently receives referrals from Magic Circle and US firms, and can draw upon its own specialist contentious teams that cover disputes in banking and finance, commodities, tax, employment, real estate, IP, IT, insurance, construction, competition, and media. Geraldine Elliott is commercial disputes head, Tom Hibbert is global commercial disputes head, and Simon Hart is head of financial disputes. Other experienced practitioners are Davina Given and senior associates Daniel Wyatt and Laura Martin.

Practice head(s):Geraldine Elliott; Tom Hibbert

Other key lawyers:Simon Hart; Davina Given; Daniel Wyatt; Laura Martin.


'Stocked with great litigators, RPC is probably the best litigation firm outside the Magic Circle and therefore the first choice for many clients that prefer a more direct and focused style of litigation'.

'The team never rests on its laurels; it is refreshingly down-to-earth, hands on, and dedicated to securing the best possible outcomes for clients'.

'Tom Hibbert has years of experience of high-profile commercial litigation and brings a light touch to complex tactical decisions'.

'Davina Given has an outstanding mind; she is precise and analytical, coupled with a first-rate knowledge of the law. She is also tenacious and determined - a really formidable opponent'.

Key Clients

Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Adler Real Estate

Vannin Capital

The People of the State of California

Ingenious Media Holdings

Bank St Petersburg


Triumph Group

Bonhams 1793

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cypriot company MountainPeak Trading in its damages claim against Citibank in the English High Court, which arose from an alleged overpayment made under a facility agreement.

Signature Litigation LLP has 'a highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution'. It is a specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border. Graham Huntley acts in M&A disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, economic tort claims, and regulatory disputes and investigations. Simon Bushell specialises in complex international disputes. Other recommended partners are Abdulali Jiwaji, Daniel Spendlove and Ioannis Alexopoulos, while Kathleen Leslie is a notable senior associate.

Practice head(s):Graham Huntley

Other key lawyers:Simon Bushell; Abdulali Jiwaji; Daniel Spendlove; Ioannis Alexopoulos; Kathleen Leslie


'Signature has done exceptionally well in forming and growing a talented pool of commercial litigators, who are busily engaged on some of the most important and highest profile commercial cases presently proceeding through the courts'.

'The practice has a commercial and innovative approach to finding funding solutions'.

'Graham Huntley is a leading figure in commercial dispute resolution and widely regarded as a rainmaker'.

'Daniel Spendlove is excellent, with great attention to detail, wide experience and excellent client care'.

'Abdul Jiwaji is calmness personified and a first-rate communicator'.


Key Clients

BTA Bank

SG Group Claimants

Lycamobile UK

Kurt Geiger

DTEK Energy

DAI Europe

Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund

Obex Securities

Grupa Ożarów

Bluewaters Communications Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented Bluewaters Communications Holdings in two claims that arose from an agreement between Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Gribkowsky in relation to the 2005 sale by BLB of its stake in Speed.

Stephenson Harwood has particular strengths in cross-border disputes in the energy, financial services, shipping, aviation, art and real estate sectors. Recent growth included the hiring of Justin McClelland, who is focused on contentious financial regulation, economic crime, and corporate investigations, from Winston & Strawn London LLP.  John Fordham heads the commercial litigation group; Richard Garcia has particular litigation expertise in relation to shareholders, partnership joint ventures, post-acquisition issues and corporate investments; meanwhile Sue Millar is particularly focused on the financial services and international trade sectors. Also highly rated are Edward Davis, Richard Gwynne, sports law group head Ben Sigler and Kate Cordery. Guy Harper was made partner in 2019, and Caroline Houghton and Alina Neal are the senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):John Fordham

Other key lawyers:Richard Garcia; Sue Millar; Edward Davis; Richard Gwynne; Ben Sigler; Kate Cordery; Caroline Houghton; Alina Neal; Guy Harper


'Justin McClelland is a first-class litigator, whose calmness under fire reflects his military background. Few have his ability to absorb the detail of complex litigation yet remain focused on the bigger determinative picture'.

Key Clients

Nigerian National Petroleum


High Commissioner for Pakistan in the UK

Blue Power Group

Libyan Investment Authority

IBRC Asset Finance

Macdonald Hotels

Edgeworth Capital (Luxembourg)

The trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust and the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies.


Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Nigerian National Petroleum in a dispute involving the enforcement of a $400m arbitral award.

Akin Gump LLP's London group 'has grown up fighting complex, multi-jurisdictional cases and conducted some of the highest value and most complex litigation for some of the savviest and most sophisticated clients'. It specialises in complex cross-border litigation, including acting for hedge funds and other investment firms on international creditor disputes.These include restructuring matters, debt disputes and shareholder activism issues.Other key areas are energy disputes and Russia and CIS-related litigation. Mark Dawkins, Richard Hornshaw, Kambiz Larizadeh and Justin Williams are all experienced advisers; senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev and counsel Jenny Arlington are also names to note.

Practice head(s):Mark Dawkins

Other key lawyers:Richard Hornshaw; Kambiz Larizadeh; Justin Williams; Sheena Buddhdev; Jenny Arlington


'Its tactical skills are exceptional'.

'Richard Hornshaw is a phenomenal lawyer, who is hardworking, bright, client focused, and possessed of sound judgement'.

Key Clients



The joint administrators of Afren


Partners of Deloitte, as joint administrators of African Minerals


Work highlights

  • Advised Oceanwood Opportunities Master Fund on multiple sets of proceedings, which arose out of the Norske Skog group's financial restructuring.

Baker McKenzie is 'a truly international law firm with its international offices working closely together to provide a seamless litigation service for clients'. It regularly advises on high-stakes disputes, particularly in multi-jurisdictional contexts; and the commercial litigation practice is supported by niche expertise in fraud, and corporate, shareholder and post-M&A disputes. John Leadley leads the global dispute resolution practice group, which also fields Hugh Lyons, Francesca Richmond and Charles Thomson.

Practice head(s):John Leadley

Other key lawyers:Hugh Lyons; Francesca Richmond; Charles Thomson


'The team is very well resourced, with top partners supported by very able associates'.

'One highly noticeable trait is that this seems to be a very happy place to work'.

'John Leadley is a senior litigation partner, who is right at the top of his game; his judgement is always right on the money and he commands great loyalty from his team and peers at other law firms'.

'Hugh Lyons continues to stand out in this area; he is tactically astute, commercial and realistic'.

'Charles Thomson is dynamic and technically excellent'.

Key Clients


Dubai Islamic Bank

Edwardian Hotels Group




Mitsubishi Electric

Standard Chartered Bank

The Walt Disney Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Edwardian Hotels Group in a £100m dispute between certain of its minority and majority shareholders.

Bird & Bird LLP 'has a very rigorous approach to dispute resolution'. It is  particularly active in disputes involving technology and communications,  financial services, retail and consumer matters, and media, entertainment and sports law. Jeremy Sharman and Sophie Eyre  co-head the London dispute resolution group, which also includes Jonathan Speed and senior associate Rachel Glass.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Sharman; Sophie Eyre

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Speed; Rachel Glass


'Jonathan Speed has an excellent eye for detail and stays several steps ahead of his opponents tactically'.

Key Clients


Bank of China Aviation and Bank of China Aviation (Ireland)

Cathay Pacific Airways

Basis Technologies International


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Singapore-based Bank of China (BOC) Aviation and BOC Aviation (Ireland) in a landmark case against the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines and its parent United Breweries.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 'fields a very strong team of lawyers who provide precise and correct legal analysis'. The London litigation practice is well known for its representation of global corporations, financial institutions, and sovereign states  in high-value and complex, cross-border disputes. Jonathan Kelly advises on a wide range of matters including antitrust and competition, banking and financial services, corporate and private equity matters, regulatory enforcement and investigations, and sovereign immunity. Also highly rated are Sunil Gadhia, Christopher Moore, David Sabel , Romano Subiotto QC and James Norris-Jones. James Brady was made partner in 2019.

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Kelly; Sunil Gadhia; Christopher Moore; David Sabel; Romano Subiotto QC; James Norris-Jones; James Brady

Key Clients

Russian Federation



LG Display

Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund


Orascom TMT Investments

Idemia France

TPG Varnish

Work highlights

  • Counsel to the Russian Federation in a claim brought by The Law Debenture (as trustee) for the repayment of a $3bn Eurobond issued by Ukraine.

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'commercial litigation team is second to none in terms of knowing its clients' business and giving targeted advice'. The London litigation team's work is international and frequently multi-jurisdictional, and it covers asset recovery, employment, general commercial disputes, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, life sciences, product liability, public international law, technology disputes and IP. James Maton heads the UK disputes practice, Laurence Harris  is vice chair of the global litigation department and Rod Freeman is an experienced product litigation lawyer. Also key to the group are Kevin Perry and Mark Deem. Sascha Grimm and Henry Stewart have been promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):James Maton

Other key lawyers:Laurence Harris; Rod Freeman; Kevin Perry; Mark Deem; Sascha Grimm; Henry Stewart


'James Maton is a valued partner to clients. He makes it his job to understand every aspect of clients' business, which makes his advice an invaluable tool'.

Key Clients

Allergy Therapeutics

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Bambino Holdings

Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands

Maritime Heritage Foundation

Tata Steel UK

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company


Work highlights

  • Advised Allergy Therapeutics in High Court proceedings against Inflamax Research and three of its directors. The proceedings relate to a clinical trial in 2015.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is 'commercial, practical and approachable'. The practice is particularly known for disputes work in the banking and financial services arena, accountants' regulatory investigations and professional liability, and IT, IP and defamation matters. It also provides litigation support to the health sector. Many of its disputes involve international aspects, with Italy, Russia and Latin America all the sources of significant instructions.  Practice head John Bramhall, Richard Highley and Jonathan Brogden are highly rated; other key litigators are Campbell Dye, Ken Forsyth and Rachel Cropper-Mawer.

Practice head(s):John Bramhall

Other key lawyers:Richard Highley; Jonathan Brogden; Campbell Dye; Ken Forsyth; Rachel Cropper-Mawer


'Practical and to the point'

'Sensible pragmatic lawyers, who are experienced and user friendly'.

'Richard Highley and John Bramhall embody the qualities of commerciality, practicality and approachability'.

Key Clients

Sanofi Aventis Groupe


Edwards (part of the Atlas Copco group)

The Bacardi Group

Dentons' London team 'gives fast, reliable and clear advice on difficult questions that also have cross-border strategic implications'. It advises corporate clients on a range of litigation, including post-M&A issues, corporate control, joint ventures and shareholder matters. Liz Tout heads the litigation and dispute resolution practice in London and Daren Allen is head of the financial markets and commercial disputes team. Other key lawyers include Craig Neilson, Simon Colledge, Adrian Giles, Dan Bodle and Thomas Leyland, while Tara Boateng is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Daren Allen; Liz Tout

Other key lawyers:Craig Neilson; Simon Colledge; Adrian Giles; Dan Bodle; Thomas Leyland; Tara Boateng


'Top-notch service to clients at a competitive pricing level'.

'Adrian Giles is always available on very short notice'.

'Daniel Bodle is an extremely calm litigator who never loses sight of the clients' objectives'.

Key Clients

Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic

Government of India

EDF Energy Customers

Cathay Investments 2

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Government of India in Commercial Court proceedings, which involved pursuing and defending challenges and appeals (under the Arbitration Act 1996) in relation to a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law award.

Farrer & Co's 'lawyers are interested in clients' business and go to great lengths to understand the issues that affect them'. The practice has an emphasis on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and commercial contracts. The key individuals are  practice head Adrian Parkhouse, the 'outstanding' Kate Allass, Jeremy Gordon and Toby Graham, along with Ian De Freitas, John Wilkinson, Charlotte Fraser and Ben Longworth. Jolyon Connell was made partner in 2019 and William Charrington is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Adrian Parkhouse

Other key lawyers:Kate Allass; Jeremy Gordon; Toby Graham; Ian De Freitas; John Wilkinson; Charlotte Fraser; Ben Longworth; Jolyon Connell; William Charrington


'The practice combines the human touch of a firm with a strong private client background with  the quality and efficiency of any City firm'.

'Adrian Parkhouse is absolutely one of the top commercial litigation solicitors in London. He gives top-quality service and gets superb results. He is also utterly unflappable in the most extreme circumstances'.

'Kate Allass is very switched on and empathetic; she manages clients and their expectations superbly, and knows when to press hard and when to back off for a while'.

'Ben Longworth is knowledgable, practical and tremendously easy to work with - he is the dream instructing solicitor'.

'Kate Allass is absolutely outstanding. Very bright and understands the legal aspects of the case, but also very practical and commercial.'

Key Clients

AMT Futures

RP Explorer Master Fund

Heartwood Wealth Management

Red Kite Management

Robert Tchenguiz and his interests

British Airline Pilots Association

Celsa Steel (UK)

PGA European Tour

Work highlights

  • Acted for AMT Futures in a complex international contract claim, which included concurrent actions against multiple defendants in separate sets of Commercial Court proceedings, as well as a Supreme Court hearing.

King & Spalding LLP's London disputes practice is a key part of the firm's broader global litigation practice.. It has experience handling corporate and commercial disputes before the English courts for domestic and international clients. Sarah Walker's practice encompasses disputes in the financial services, aviation, IT, communications and energy sectors; Egishe Dzhazoyan acts for clients in the banking, financial services, telecoms, mining and energy sectors. The group also boasts four silks in Thomas Sprange QC, John Savage QC, Stuart Isaacs QC and Gareth Rees QC, while Ben Williams is a notable senior associate. Nicholas Cherryman left for Kobre & Kim LLP.

Practice head(s):Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC

Other key lawyers:Egishe Dzhazoyan; John Savage QC; Stuart Isaacs QC; Gareth Rees QC; Ben Williams


'Sarah Walker has an excellent understanding of the offshore world in the context of financial services disputes'.

Key Clients

Attock Oil


Libya Africa Investment Portfolio

Antracite Investment

Urgula Platinum


Ascom Grup

Aldersgate Investments

Flushing Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Motorola on a longstanding battle to recover approximately $3bn in damages from members of Turkey's Uzan family.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is 'brilliant tactically and delivers excellent results for clients either by mediating a way through or,  if that is unsuccessful, by bringing its highly skilled and expert litigators to bear'. The team has successfully represented clients in high-profile matters before the English courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Christopher Colbridge represents multinational corporations, governments and government-owned entities in disputes around the world. Also highly rated are Rajinder Bassi and Richard Boynton.

Practice head(s):Christopher Colbridge

Other key lawyers:Rajinder Bassi; Richard Boynton


'Rajinder Bassi is well known and highly respected; she is a smart, robust international litigator who is brilliant with clients and opponents alike'.

'Richard Boynton is a truly outstanding, young partner who will undoubtedly be one of the top commercial litigation superstars within five years'.

Key Clients


Gates Worldwide

ICS Inspection and Control Services

Noble Group

Imtech Nordic Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for a global engineering group in connection with claims that arose out of the purchase of certain assets of a company in liquidation.

Osborne Clarke LLP 'has a very collaborative team that processes the most challenging and difficult tasks in litigation in an efficient way'. It is particularly active in cross-border disputes involving the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, working on commercial loss claims, technology-related cases, energy and project disputes, directors' issues, and joint venture and business partnership disputes. Andrew Bartlett, Tom Ellis and Adrian Lifely are all highly rated practitioners, while Nick Price is an experienced associate director. Russia and CIS disputes head Artem Doudko recently joined from White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):Adrian Lifely; Tom Ellis

Other key lawyers:Andrew Bartlett; NIck Price; Artem Doudko


'The team's senior elements are always present but good juniors are allowed to progress'.

'Andrew Bartlett is very clever and excellent at communicating'.

'Artem Doudko is a sharp-minded litigator'.

Key Clients

BB Energy Group


Unwired Planet




Marks & Spencer

Vision Games 1


Work highlights

  • Acted for BB Energy (Gulf) DMCC in a claim which arose out of losses suffered under oil trading contracts entered into with the SAMIR Moroccan oil refinery.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP 'has a strong litigation department with a high-profile practice'. It acts for clients in significant matters in the English Courts as well as in jurisdictions that follow English law and are subject to Privy Council appeals, such as Bermuda, the BVI, Cyprus and the Cayman Islands. The team also handles high-value, complex disputes that involve parties in Russia and central eastern Europe, as well as litigation in the energy and telecoms sectors. Karyl Nairn QC and David Kavanagh QC  are the global co-heads of the international litigation and arbitration group, which also fields Bruce Macaulay, David Herlihy, Daniel Gal, David Edwards and counsel Jonathon Egerton-Peters.

Practice head(s):Karyl Nairn QC; David Kavanagh QC

Other key lawyers:Jonathon Egerton-Peters; Bruce Macaulay; David Herlihy; Daniel Gal; David Edwards


'Exceptionally hardworking, responsive and extremely efficient; with first-class legal knowledge. They recognise the key issues in play and know not to get bogged down in irrelevant matters'.

'A stellar litigation practice with great strategic thinkers and planners'.

'Karyl Nairn QC is undoubtedly one of the great litigators in the London market'.

Key Clients

Gennady Bogolyubov

Dmitry Ananyev


Great Station Properties and Inter Growth Investments



ATK Energy EU

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented  Gennadiy Bogolyubov, a former main shareholder in Ukraine's PrivatBank, in obtaining the dismissal of a civil fraud claim brought against him by PrivatBank for over $2bn in England's High Court.

Taylor Wessing LLP manages a broad range of commercial and corporate disputes, primarily in the professional services, financial services, technology and life sciences sectors. It is also well known for its experience in disputes involving  corporate crime, fraud and investigations, product liability, restructuring and corporate recovery, Cybersecurity, technology, finance and professional negligence. Andrew Howell is disputes and investigations head and Shane Gleghorn is UK managing partner. David De Ferrars, Tim Strong and Laurence Lieberman are also highly regarded, while Katie Chandler was made partner in 2018 and senior counsel Boris Telyatnikov is the contentious lead for the Russia and CIS desk.

Practice head(s):Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:Shane Gleghorn; David De Ferrars; Tim Strong; Laurence Lieberman; Katie Chandler; Boris Telyatnikov 

Key Clients


Deloitte KPMG

Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1

Rusnano Group

C&F Green Energy

Thought Machine Group

LivaNova Deutschland

Work highlights

  • Acted for a high-net-worth individual in a high-profile and complex shareholder dispute.

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP's London-based commercial litigation group is active in high-stakes, high-complexity disputes, and stands out for its transatlantic litigation capabilities. Natasha Harrison is London managing partner and practice head and Fiona Huntriss acts in a range of commercial disputes, restructuring and insolvency litigation, sovereign matters, and banking and finance litigation. Matthew Getz is also highly rated, Will Hooker was made partner after recently joining from Clifford Chance LLP, while Prateek Swaika was promoted to counsel.

Practice head(s):Natasha Harrison

Other key lawyers:Fiona Huntriss; Matthew Getz; Will Hooker; Prateek Swaika

Key Clients

Midtown Acquisitions


Teesside Gas Transportation

Client Earth


Work highlights

  • Advised Midtown Acquisitions on its enforcement and recognition proceedings in the UK, which related to two judgments from the New York courts that totalled approximately $600m.

Bristows LLP's team 'is more than a collection of lawyers; it is a real team working together - and for each other - for a common client-focused goal'. The practice stands out for complex IT disputes, as well as commercial claims involving IP licensing and exploitation contracts; it has also experienced growth in disputes involving the misuse of confidential information, and instructions for pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Mark Brown, Anna Cook and Simon Clark are experienced advisers, as are Jeremy Blum and Angela Fouracre. Kevin Appleton retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):Mark Brown

Other key lawyers:Anna Cook; Simon Clark; Jeremy Blum; Angela Fouracre


'The lawyers have a keen sense of the commercial aims of their clients and how to focus strategy so as to achieve those aims and they have an exceptional understanding of the commercial markets in which their clients operate'.

'Mark Brown is a fantastically bright litigator, who gives primacy to clients' needs and aims, listens to and challenges advice appropriately, and is a pleasure to work with'.

'Anna Cook displays a high level of attention to technical and legal detail, and recognises and distills the important features of any case'.

'Angela Fouracre is highly professional and an excellent communicator. She is commercially focused but nevertheless a fine lawyer and good to work with'.

Key Clients



Goodrich Actuation Systems

Activision Blizzard


The Guardian

Mundipharma International

Gee 7 Group


Institution of Mechanical Engineers


Work highlights

  • Acted for Blizzard Entertainment, a global computer games publisher, in the first successful claim in the UK against purveyors of cheats and bots in the online computer gaming sector.

Brown Rudnick LLP's large London-based dispute resolution group spans cross-border civil fraud, criminal and regulatory work and regularly handles complex financial, real estate, IP and other commercial disputes.  The firm  is able to litigate against banks without conflicts as well as advising major multinationals. Neil Micklethwaite is global dispute resolution managing director, Neill Shrimpton is London litigation head and Nicholas Tse, who divides his time between the London and Paris offices, heads the worldwide international arbitration team. The other names to note are Jane Colston, Christian Toms, Olga Bischof and counsel Gerald Byrne.

Practice head(s):Neil Micklethwaite; Neill Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Tse; Jane Colston; Christian Toms; Olga Bischof; Gerald Byrne

Key Clients

Recovery Partners GP and Revoker


Threadneedle Asset Management

Mahdi Mahmoud Haji Abdullah and other members of the Haider Abdullah family

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Recovery Partners GP and Revoker in claims that former directors and employees conspired to take a highly valuable business from them.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' objectives and their industries'. The team advises on complex, high-value corporate and commercial disputes for clients that range from multinational corporations to high-net-worth individuals. Recent cases include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey, Edward Craig, John Sykes and Rhys Novak are all highly rated practitioners; Charlotte Pender was made partner.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; John Sykes; Rhys Novak; Charlotte Pender 


'Excellent domestic and international lawyers who are at the top of their game for complex disputes.'

'Stewart Hey is an excellent lawyer with massive experience of the biggest claims'.

'John Sykes is a great lawyer with effortless interpersonal skills'.

'Edward Craig has an excellent understanding of the issues faced by clients and is a reliable contact'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

National Bank of Greece


Norsk Titanium

Work highlights

  • Acted for Teutonic Energy Services to recover sums owed under a supply contract.

Covington & Burling LLP 'has a great amount of experience and specialist skills, and the team is user friendly and responsive to client demands'.The practice often  acts in financial markets-related issues, as well as general commercial litigation involving contracts, business torts, trade secrets, IP, corporate governance and control cases, and obtaining urgent, injunctive relief from the English courts. It also has a focus on life sciences litigation, cybersecurity breaches and data privacy issues. Craig Pollack serves as co-chair of the firm’s global problem solving practice; Louise Freeman co-chairs the commercial litigation and European dispute resolution practice groups; and Alex Leitch has acted for governments and global listed clients from the financial services, life sciences and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):Alex Leitch; Louise Freeman

Other key lawyers:Craig Pollack


'Uniquely qualified in private equity fund litigation.  The lawyers are smart, practical and commercial, and work seamlessly with their regulatory and business colleagues across geographies'.

'Alex Leitch understands the funds business as well as being an excellent litigator - he offers sound commercial judgement along with solid legal advice'.

Key Clients

Oleg Mkrtchan

Vitaliy Machitski

Vi Holdings

World Anti-Doping Agency

Work highlights

  • Acted for all five defendants from an investment house in a valuation matter that related to an investment into - and ownership of - a five-star hotel in the Swiss Alps.

Edwin Coe LLP has a strong bias towards claimant work and fraud matters, and undertakes a wide range of high-profile work, from defamations, to disciplinary work, to contentious IP, competition and property disputes. Litigation and dispute resolution team head David Greene has a niche class action practice and Ali Zaidi is restructuring and insolvency head. Nick Neocleous is also highly regarded, and Zahira Hussain, Fred Sheppard and  Thomas Johnson are the key senior associates.

Practice head(s):David Greene

Other key lawyers:Ali Zaidi; Nick Neocleous; Zahira Hussain; Fred Sheppard; Thomas Johnson


'David Greene has a stellar reputation.He is great with clients, has very sound and sensible tactical judgement, and usually gets his own way to the benefit of his clients'.

'Dogged persistence, laced with charm, is the hallmark of David's team'.


Key Clients

Timeshare claimants

Claimants in trucks cartel fraud

Eclipse tax schemes claimants

The Creditors of Crown Currency Exchange

Sidney Webb House residents

Work highlights

  • Represented a group of around 200 claimants in proceedings that arose from the fraudulent sale of timeshare products.

Fieldfisher's 'team is very professional and highly technical. It has the ability to get to the root of complex and challenging cases'. The practice covers high-value finance disputes, post-M&A litigation   and  has a significant civil fraud and financial crime team. The team has been carrying out increasing work in the CIS.  Colin Gibson heads up the team, which comprises Kit Jarvis, Vivien Davies, Andrew Lafferty, Jonathan Ray-Smith, Aymen Khoury and Daniel Hayward, along with legal director Nicola Sewell and senior associates Abdul Sattar, Nathan Capone and Hannah Piper. Simon Moore retired from the firm and Rhys Griffiths departed for Fox Williams LLP.

Practice head(s):Colin Gibson

Other key lawyers:Kit Jarvis; Vivien Davies; Andrew Lafferty; Jonathan Ray-Smith; Aymen Khoury; Daniel Hayward; Nicola Sewell; Abdul Sattar; Nathan Capone; Hannah Piper


'Don't back down.'

'Methodically and patiently present cases that demolish the ability of the opposition to present any coherent defence that does not represent the truth'.

'Tremendous strength in depth, with very capable lawyers at all levels.'

'Colin Gibson is a dynamic, excellent head of department, who is very good on the detail, but glosses over irrelevancies to concentrate on the big picture'.

'Kit Jarvis is into  the detail and works with clients to drive cases forward'.

'Daniel Hayward is a fighter and particularly good with Russian and Ukrainian clients'.

'Legal director Nicola Sewell has the ability to cut to the heart of the matter, rather than scoring points around the edges'.


Key Clients

Igor Kolomoisky

Alexander Gorbachev

Atalaya Mining

Robert Reid and Stephen Jennings

Russell Rosenblum

Mavuli Caboose Establishment

Rosalina UK

Getty Images


Compound Photonics Group


Work highlights

  • Acted for the owner of a Spanish copper mine in a €50m post–M&A dispute.

Fladgate LLP¬†'covers a wide range of complex areas of commercial law with skill and efficiency'. The department is known for litigating against larger firms in complex, high-value disputes, which are often internationally focused. Practice head¬†¬†Bree Taylor¬†is well known for high-value company and shareholder disputes;¬†Steven Mash¬†is a third party funding expert;¬†Alexander Wildsch√ľtz¬†has particular expertise in cross-border matters; and¬†John Ford, who specialises in¬†complex trust, civil fraud and high-profile art disputes, recently joined from¬†Pinsent Masons LLP. Tom Bolam¬†is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Bree Taylor

Other key lawyers:Steven Mash; Alexander Wildschütz; John Ford; Tom Bolam


'High level legal expertise with good commercial awareness and personal attention of partners'.

'Steven Mash is an absolutely top-drawer litigation partner, who is extremely experienced and delivers very sage advice'.

Key Clients

Jacuzzi Brands


Brainspark Associates

Andrew Herd, CEO of Victoria Gate Casino

The Dutch Rijksmuseum Twenthe

Vinci Facilities

Kyte Property

Ede & Ravenscroft

Work highlights

  • Defended a German manufacturer of automotive parts against a claim for allegedly supplying defective automotive parts.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's 'commercial litigation practice stands out for its strategic thinking from the beginning of cases and the deep knowledge and involvement in the details by senior associates and partners'. The London-based international disputes practice covers litigation, fraud and white-collar crime, international arbitration, and regulatory and compliance. It is also  known  for freezing injunction cases within the UK market. James Kitching and Justin Michaelson  are highly rated, and Leigh Mallon and Duncan Saunders are the associates to note.

Practice head(s):Justin Michaelson; James Kitching

Other key lawyers:Leigh Mallon; Duncan Saunders


'Justin Michaelson is outstanding'.

'James Kitching and associate Leigh Mallon are highly skilled solicitors, who are knowledgeable in the law and clear strategic thinkers'.

Key Clients

Sberbank of Russia

Sergey Belyaev and Irina Belyaeva


Perrigo Company

Empreno Ventures



Delanson Services

Alexander Katunin


Work highlights

  • Represented Russia’s Sberbank in a successful challenge against an application made to the High Court by the International Bank of Azerbaijan, which sought an order for a permanent moratorium against creditor action in England and Wales.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's London practice is highly regarded for commercial litigation, including multi-jurisdictional co-ordination of complex cross-border disputes, major group litigation, and offshore disputes, particularly those destined for Privy Council appeal. It also has litigation expertise in financial services regulatory matters, employment, antitrust, public law, insurance, hedge funds, telecoms, boardroom disputes, and expropriation-related litigation. Philip Rocher specialises in high-value, cross-border litigation and has deep experience in financial sector disputes with former UK Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer handling major commercial litigation with a focus on appellate work. Other names to note are Allan Neil, Osma Hudda, Patrick Doris  and Doug Watson.

Practice head(s):Philip Rocher

Other key lawyers:Charlie Falconer; Allan Neil; Osma Hudda; Patrick Doris; Doug Watson

Key Clients


Hamid Jafar

Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi and related parties

Genesis Resources and related parties

Investcorp Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Investcorp Bank (Investcorp) in proceedings brought in the Cayman Islands by a Dubai-based investor, which included allegations that Investcorp representatives guaranteed a return of 45 per cent on his investment in its hedge fund programme.

Gowling WLG's team is 'always responsive and thorough'. The practice acts on large, multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as in domestic High Court matters.  It has particular strength in fraud and asset tracing, insurance and reinsurance, insolvency, financial services and contentious trusts. UK commercial litigation head  James Sidwell is a senior litigation partner in the London team while chairman Andrew Witts advises on international and offshore fraud cases. Also highly regarded are Alex Jay and Andrew Smith, whose primary office is Birmingham. Catherine Naylor has been promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:Andrew Witts; Alex Jay; Andrew Smith; Catherine Naylor; Verity Barker; Tom Cox


'The firm deploys a mix of London and Birmingham professionals, enabling it to provide a first-rate service at economic rates, with dedicated high-quality partners leading a great team of associates'.

'Shows sound judgement and strength and depth in its knowledge when getting to grips with a case'.

'The stand out partners are James Sidwell, who is an outstanding lawyer, highly personable, astute and extremely intelligent; and Catherine Naylor, an extremely competent and hardworking lawyer, who is efficient and offers sound pragmatic advice'.

'Andrew Smith is very experienced and a great team leader'.

'Senior associate Tom Cox  is a future superstar, who gets into the detail but also sees the wood for the trees'.

Key Clients


Nicholas Candy, Christian Candy and CPC Group

TMF Group (Equity Trust (Jersey)

Alliance Trust

Grant Thornton

Philips Electronics UK

The Federal Republic of Brazil and The Municipality of Sao Paulo

Hummingbird Resources


First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees

Dover Street and The Fine Art Auction Group

Work highlights

  • Advised two corporate trustees in high-value, multi-jurisdictional litigation, which arose out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme fraud.

Hausfeld LLP has been investing in its London practice adding  two lateral hires, with Lucy Pert and Michael Bywell joining from Harbour Litigation Funding and Arnold & Porter, respectively. The team, which is 'very user-friendly and accustomed to risk in a way many firms are not', stands out for high-profile disputes on behalf of claimants, and is experienced in disputes involving competition law, arbitration, fraud and insolvency. It has also experienced growth in TMT litigation. Lianne Craig leads the commercial disputes team and Anthony Maton is London managing partner; John McElroy  is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):Lianne Craig

Other key lawyers:Lucy Pert; Michael Bywell; Anthony Maton; John McElroy


'A responsive and highly intelligent team that is not afraid to take on cases that are large or complex'.

'Lianne Craig is very good, clever, commercial and user-friendly'.

'Antony Maton is a great tactician with excellent client skills'.

'John McElroy is knowledgeable, commercial and very easy to work with'.

'Lucy Pert is a very capable litigator'.

Key Clients


Avaaz Foundation


Work highlights

  • Represented the liquidators of Premier Motorauctions in a high-profile £54m claim against PwC and Lloyds Bank, which alleged that they conspired to force the business into administration.

Howard Kennedy LLP advises sovereign governments, members of royal families, corporations, owner-managed businesses and wealthy individuals on international contractual and commodities disputes, financial services matters, civil fraud, professional negligence, IP and insolvency disputes. Simon Taylor is dispute resolution head. Duncan Bagshaw, who has particular disputes experience involving the energy sector and Africa, joined from Stephenson Harwood, while Dominic Offord, who has acted in large-scale cross-border insolvency and fraud cases, was hired from Browne Jacobson LLP, taking over as commercial litigation head from Louise Bennett. Also key to the team are Fiona Hinds and legal director Ayesha Salim.

Practice head(s):Simon Taylor; Dominic Offord

Other key lawyers:Louise Bennett; Duncan Bagshaw; Louise Bennett; Fiona Hinds; Ayesha Salim

Key Clients

HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz

Shorts International

Peterhouse Corporate Finance

Opus Art

Firstwood (UK)

Jeeves Group Liechtenstein

MySale Group

Brighton Investments


Work highlights

  • Represented a payment services provider in a claim for damages against its former bank, which arose from the summary termination of banking facilities.

Jenner & Block LLP 'has an extremely strong team of fantastic lawyers, who are incredibly committed to their clients and to achieving results'. The practice acts in high-value, complex matters that frequently have cross-border or international elements and involve proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.  A number of the team's matters also raise new questions of law. Jason Yardley advises on disputes involving finance, insolvency, mining, energy, technology and telecoms issues, while Christian Tuddenham acts in high-profile cases in the financial services sector. Also key to the team is James Woolrich . Elizabeth Shimmin was made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):Jason Yardley

Other key lawyers:Christian Tuddenham; James Woolrich; Elizabeth Shimmin


'The lawyers have very sound commercial judgement and a great strategic approach'.

'Jason Yardley is a standout individual, who is extremely clever, hands on and creative'.

'James Woolrich has superb knowledge of the law  and is very sensible'.

Key Clients

Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings (former Lehman Brothers real estate private equity fund)

Gwynt-y-Môr OFTO

Singularis Holdings (in Official Liquidation) and Grant Thornton as liquidators

Work highlights

  • Acted for Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings in a worldwide action against India's Unitech Group to enforce an award that is valued at approximately $500m.

K&L Gates LLP is 'a great firm with huge coverage across the globe and the London disputes group works well together as a team'. It advises on disputes involving corporate transactions, funds, finance, fintech, media, sport and high-net-worth individuals. John Magnin is the London head of complex commercial litigation and disputes; Anne McCarthy advises on financial sector claims and has a substantial negligence practice; Clarissa Coleman spent much of 2018 assisting with shareholder and boardroom disputes; while Martin King is noted for sport, technology, betting and gaming, and commercial life sciences disputes. Clare Tanner is an experienced special counsel and James Boyd is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):John Magnin

Other key lawyers:Anne McCarthy; Clarissa Coleman; Martin King; Clare Tanner; James Boyd


'The client experience is very good - lawyers take on board the issues and give various options on financing defences'.

'Excellent work from lawyers who are good at pointing out the rationale of proceedings and how these things generally go'.

'John Magnin is very knowledgeable'.

Key Clients

William Andrew Tinkler



David Ingram and Amanda Wade of Grant Thornton

Longulf Trading (UK)

Work highlights

  • Acted for William Andrew Tinkler in five separate proceedings that rose out of his highly publicised dispute with the board of the Stobart Group.

Keystone Law 'has significant expertise in the field and provides quick answers and flexibility to match clients' needs, while caring about good legal solutions'.  Alex Ferrari's practice covers various sectors and encompasses both domestic and international disputes, Matthew Reach specialises in business-related and company disputes, and Robert Lawrie acts in cases involving shareholder and general commercial disputes, as well as fraud allegations. Patrick Pennal is also an experienced adviser, and in 2018, corporate and commercial disputes specialist Iain Roxborough and Dharmendra Nair, a disputes lawyer specialising in shipping, commodities and commercial litigation, joined from Clifford Chance LLP and Squire Patton Boggs, respectively.

Practice head(s):Robert Lawrie; Alex Ferrari; Matthew Reach

Other key lawyers:Patrick Pennal; Iain Roxborough; Dharmendra Nair


'Matthew Reach is always willing to assist clients, providing a professional and efficient legal service'.

Key Clients

Tereza Burki

John Onderwater

Athena Brands

Noel Edmonds

Abdullah Abdul-Jabbar Alanizi

Nest Investments (Holdings)

Rakesh Malhotra

Paul Bell

24-7 Midwives

Work highlights

  • Defended complex, committal proceedings that arose from a UK judgment as well as a further claim for damages.

Kingsley Napley LLP has expertise in areas such as civil fraud, professional negligence, insolvency, banking and trusts, and its commercial litigation clients include listed companies, professional football clubs, government agencies, as well as trustees in bankruptcy, offshore trust companies, Middle Eastern banks and Formula 1 companies. The firm also advises high-net-worth individuals and high-profile entrepreneurs. Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution practice, which also fields Ryan Mowat, Sue Thackeray, William Christopher and Fiona Simpson. Mary Young was recently made partner.

Practice head(s):Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:Ryan Mowat; Sue Thackeray; William Christopher; Fiona Simpson; Mary Young

Key Clients

Thought Machine, Paul Taylor, Sarah Moger and Mark Warrick

Madiyar Ablyazov

Rangers Football Club

Paul Allen of FRP Advisory in his capacity as trustee in the bankruptcy of Jason Cheung

Work highlights

  • Acted for various Rangers Football Club companies in long-running and acrimonious litigation with Sports Direct International, its owner Mike Ashley, and other Sports Direct companies.

Lewis Silkin LLP's 'team is very down to earth but with great client-handling skills and experience'. It has significant disputes experience involving international and cross-border litigation, jurisdictional issues, joint venture and shareholder issues, share purchases and warranty claims, as well as disputes in the trusts, partnerships, utilities, construction, competition and civil fraud areas. Simon Chapman leads the dispute resolution group; Mark Lim specialises in high-value and complex international disputes, and Clive Greenwood  has over 30 years’ experience  of litigation, arbitration and mediation cases. Other names to note are Andrew Wanambwa and managing associates Nigel Enticknap and Fraser McKeating, the latter recently promoted.

Practice head(s):Simon Chapman

Other key lawyers:Mark Lim; Clive Greenwood; Andrew Wanambwa; Fraser McKeating; Nigel Enticknap


'Commercially minded, dogmatic and with great strength in depth.'

'Clive Greenwood is the standout star. He has superb rapport with clients and understands the nuances of litigation like no other'.

'Mark Lim is exceptionally approachable and charismatic, with a roll-your-sleeves-up mentality'.

'Andrew Wanambwa is an outstanding commercial litigator, who has a calm and assured manner, but works extremely hard to achieve the desired result for clients - a class act in the London litigation scene'.

'Managing associate Fraser McKeating is building an amazing list of clients - he is thorough and careful and provides the highest quality of work'.

'Managing associate Nigel Enticknap is careful and thorough'.

Key Clients

Vincotte International

House of Fraser Global Retail and House of Fraser UK & Ireland

Marks & Spencer


International Game Technology


The Arsenal Football Club

Hermès International


Work highlights

  • Defended House of Fraser Global Retail against an unfair prejudice petition, which was presented by minority shareholder West Coast Capital (part of the Sports Direct group of companies).

Milbank advises some of the world’s leading corporates and financial institutions on large and complex business disputes. The practice has significant cross-border experience and stands out for its ability assisting with commercial disputes on both sides of the Atlantic. Co-managing partner of the London office Julian Stait leads the London litigation team, and has a track record for commercial litigation that involves banking, financial services, IT, competition disputes, and investigations. Tom Canning is also widely praised.

Practice head(s):Julian Stait

Other key lawyers:Tom Canning

Key Clients





Deutsche Bank


Lloyds Bank

Ziraat Bankasi

Work highlights

  • Acted for global satellite service provider, O3b, in relation to Commercial Court and Court of Appeal proceedings against a satellite-based internet provider.

Mishcon de Reya LLP's litigators are 'very tough but imaginative' in devising the appropriate strategy for clients. The team is also hardworking, with 'impressive litigation experience at both senior and junior levels'. It acts for businesses that range from owner-manager operations to multinational entities, with disputes crossing several jurisdictions.The practice is largely conflict free and able to act on large commercial disputes and group actions. Kasra Nouroozi heads the dispute resolution department, which includes fraud defence group leader Kathryn Garbett as well as James Libson and Richard Leedham.  The team makes use of technology and eDiscovery to reduce the cost of large-scale litigation and also has experience with litigation funders, group litigation claims and shareholder actions.

Practice head(s):Kasra Nouroozi

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Garbett; James Libson; Richard Leedham


'This team goes to court a lot and knows how to share know-how and experience efficiently and effectively'

'A go-to team for urgent applications - particularly freezing injunctions, with a genuine track record of success'.

'Richard Leedham is superb - a great project manager and finisher. Clients enjoy considerable success by strategically partnering with him. He knows how to achieve results'.

Key Clients

Ingenious Media



Work highlights

  • Acted for AIM-listed AssetCo in its claim for £38m in damages against Grant Thornton for the negligent audit of its accounts in 2009 and 2010.

Morrison & Foerster LLP's London Litigation team is best known for handling complex cross-border disputes that often have finance, insolvency or antitrust components. A significant number of the team's disputes' clients  are in the technology and finance sectors, but it has also advised on litigation involving the manufacturing, retail and media sectors, among others. Practice head Jonathan Wheeler, Kevin Roberts and Gemma Anderson are all highly rated practitioners, and Richard Jerman is a well-regarded associate.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Kevin Roberts; Gemma Anderson; Richard Jerman


'Stable staffing on long-running cases with the benefits of being a large global player that can attract high-quality individuals'.

'Jonathan Wheeler is a user-friendly, highly capable litigator who is always measured in his approach to litigation, rejecting the histrionics of some of his opponents'.

Key Clients

Grant Thornton, as trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari

Liquidators of Saad Investments Company


Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the liquidators in the highly complex $9.2bn liquidation of Saad Investments Company, which has raised several jurisdictional issues.

Payne Hicks Beach's 'team is responsive, knowledgeable and really gets into the detail of a case, considering all angles from which it can be approached'. The disputes practice covers finance, professional negligence, commercial litigation in the motor industry, breach of warranty claims, marine law, property-related commercial matters, reputation management and judicial review. Dominic Crossley became head of the dispute resolution department in 2018, replacing Stephen King, who is now consultant. Richard Manyon is also highly rated, commercial litigation partner Lucas Moore was hired from Jones Day, and Ane Vernon was made partner.

Practice head(s):Dominic Crossley

Other key lawyers:Stephen King; Richard Manyon; Lucas Moore; Ane Vernon


'Works hard to deliver the best possible results for clients'.

'Richard Manyon is an incredibly intelligent lawyer, with a good sense of what will and won't work in litigation.  He is always willing to go the extra mile for clients and to think pragmatically about achieving the best result'.

'Lucas Moore is a first-rate litigator who is intelligent, commercial, pragmatic and also has a real eye for detail. Clients really appreciate his direct commercial approach'.

Key Clients

Whitepost Healthcare Group

Italia Conti Group

KnowledgePool Group

Ancasta International Boat Sales

Snap On (Holdings)

The Saga Group

Morshead Mansions

LSL Group

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal Society of Biology

Bonnier Publishing

Work highlights

  • Acted for Whitepost Health Care Group in its claim against Santander regarding mis-sold interest rate hedging products.

Shearman & Sterling LLP's Susanna Charlwood has broad experience in the litigation of high-profile and high-value commercial disputes, including banking and finance-related matters and restructuring and insolvency situations. Her work frequently involves concurrent proceedings in more than one jurisdiction and her clients include companies in the mining, communications and transport sectors, banks and hedge funds. Also highly rated is of counsel Jo Rickard, who advises on litigious matters across a range of industries, including financial Institutions, insurance and TMT.

Other key lawyers:Susanna Charlwood: Jo Rickard

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's international disputes practice regularly handles large-scale, complex commercial and corporate litigation on behalf of investment banks, large corporations, shipping lines, and global energy and natural resources companies. Andrew Hutcheon specialises in disputes involving the offshore oil and gas, energy, natural resources, shipping and aviation sectors, and Andrew Ward has particular expertise in the maritime sector. Also key to the team are Rebecca Williams, Rob Fidoe and Thomas Ross. Former team head Andrew Savage left for McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hutcheon; Andrew Ward; Rebecca Williams; Rob Fidoe; Thomas Ross

Key Clients

Bester Generacion UK

PTT Public Company

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of PTT Public Company, the Thai, state-owned oil and gas company, in high-value claims and counterclaims, which arose out of an integrated commodities trading risk management system that was procured from a global IT systems and software supplier.

Withers LLP' London lawyers are 'extremely patient, caring and attentive, and understand different cultural differences'. The team is focused almost exclusively on cross-border matters and houses experts in complex, international asset recovery cases. It also has specific expertise in the fields of art, brands, fashion and sport. Peter Wood is global CEO of dispute resolution, Tatiana Menshenina acts for Russian and CIS clients, and Roberto Moruzzi heads the Europe litigation and arbitration team. Also key to the group are Niki Olympitis, Christopher Coffin and Andrew Wass; Lesley Timms was recently made partner.

Practice head(s):Peter Wood

Other key lawyers:Tatiana Menshenina; Roberto Moruzzi; Niki Olympitis; Christopher Coffin; Andrew Wass; Lesley Timms


'What makes the practice unique is Withers' world-class, private client practice, which means that when dealing with cases involving individuals such as oligarchs they have a real understanding of how these people operate and how they structure their affairs'.

'Legally and strategically astute and give excellent client service'.

'Peter Wood is a great name in international commercial litigation'.

'Christopher Coffin is very experienced and an exceptionally good strategic decision-maker who gives well-considered and sound advice'.

'Lesley Timms is thorough, hardworking and dedicated to her clients'.

Key Clients

Vladimir Ivanovich Galagaev and others

Elena Baturina

Tatiana Akhmedova

Diesel London

Racing Point

Wainford Holdings

Barrowfen Properties

Work highlights

  • Represented 79 claimants in a high-value claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy, which was connected with the sale of loan notes and the collapse of a major bank in Russia.

Arnold & Porter has a strong track record handling multi-jurisdictional litigation and has in-depth expertise in corporate and commercial disputes that arise out of its experience in the pharmaceutical and private equity sectors. Hilton Mervis's corporate-based litigation typically involves issues arising out of joint ventures, private equity and partnership structures, while Jane Wessel has extensive experience handling competition damages litigation in the English High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.  Charlotte Mallorie and Tom Fox are experienced counsels.

Practice head(s):Hilton Mervis

Other key lawyers:Jane Wessel; Charlotte Mallorie; Tom Fox

Key Clients


Estera Trust (Jersey)



Work highlights

  • Acted for minority shareholders, Estera Trust (Jersey) and Herinder Singh in a major shareholder dispute, which related to the affairs of the Radisson Edwardian hotel chain's holding company.

Boodle Hatfield LLP's litigation team 'provide the same high quality of work and results that more than match a Magic - or Silver - Circle firm, yet with more direct partner level involvement that is not reflected in the costs charged'. The team advises on significant commercial disputes and is highly regarded for its arts law and arts finance litigation experience. Simon Fitzpatrick leads the commercial litigation team and senior associate Kellie Jones acts for several high-net-worth individuals from the Middle East, particularly in disputes involving joint ventures. Tim  Maxwell left for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Practice head(s):Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:Kellie Jones


'Excels at handling high-quality, technical litigation'.

'Very bright and commercial - they have niche expertise but can ably turn their hands to a broad range of commercial disputes'.

'Simon Fitzpatrick is quite simply outstanding'.

Key Clients

Chiltern Farm Chemicals

Work highlights

  • Represented Chiltern Farm Chemicals, a UK manufacturer of slug pellets, in its appeal to secure protection for a commercially sensitive field monitoring study.

Candey is praised for its 'attention to detail and capacity to work under pressure'. The practice is rated for complex shareholder, securities and joint venture disputes. Managing partner Ashkhan Candey  heads the department with Andrew Dunn; Yuri Botiuk and James Collins are also experienced advisers. Mo Haque QC was hired from Campbells' BVI office.

Practice head(s):Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn

Other key lawyers:Yuri Botiuk; James Collins; Mo Haque QC


'The team is very logical and has great lateral thinkers who are analytical; they also display a great deal of creativity in problem solving'.

'Yuri Botiuk is very knowledgeable , with practical and effective suggestions as to how a case should be handled'.

'James Collins understands the specifics of cases and does not miss any important detail'.

Key Clients

Dial Partners and Dial House Consultants

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK)

Nissan Motor Iberica

Sberbank of Russia

Silverbond Enterprises


Work highlights

  • Acted for corporate finance boutique Dial Partners, and its sister company, in proceedings against Eastern Airways International (and its former owners) in a claim involving the non-payment of fees.

Collyer Bristow LLP's team has wide experience of business and high-net-worth disputes, as well as internal disputes (including boardroom and partnership issues). Its team includes specialists in mining, Fintech, financial disputes, insolvency, IP, IT and e-commerce, and competition. Richard Viegas heads the commercial disputes team, which also includes Stephen Rosen, Jeff Roberts, Janine Alexander and media and privacy department head Steven Heffer.

Practice head(s):Richard Viegas

Other key lawyers:Stephen Rosen; Jeff Roberts; Janine Alexander; Steven Heffer

Key Clients

Fraser Turner

Chapelgate Credit Opportunity Master Fund

Vald Nielsen Holdings and Newwatch

Benchwalk Advisors

Equatorial Congo Airlines

Learn to Trade

Baird & Co


Work highlights

  • Acted for Fraser Turner in a complex £80m claim against PWC (and others) for inducing breach of contract and unlawful means of conspiracy; the claim was in relation to a listed mining company placed into administration.

Dorsey & Whitney's 'team is flexible and dynamic' according to clients, who point to appropriate resourcing with ' partner-level judgement coupled with associate-level common sense and good industry knowledge' resulting in good service delivery.   Tim Maloney heads the firm’s London office and London trial team, which regularly acts in complex international cases. Matthew Blower specialises in high-value commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):Tim Maloney

Other key lawyers:Matthew Blower

Key Clients

Watchstone Group

United Healthcare Group

Traffic Monsoon (in receivership)

Glenrinnes Farms



Siem Industries

Work highlights

  • Acted for Watchstone Group (formerly known as Quindell) in a high-profile warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation claim, which arose from a share purchase agreement relating to the sale of Quindell's professional services division.

Forsters LLP's 'very down-to-earth group' has some 'genuine talent within the ranks. It enjoys great personal relationships with its clients, who are not just other customers for them'. The full-service disputes team has broad expertise across  the commercial, corporate and private wealth sectors, which compliment the firm's contentious teams in property, construction and family. The team also regularly handles matters with multi-jurisdictional elements. Emily Exton heads the dispute resolution group, which also includes Benedict Walton, Andrew Head and senior solicitors Christopher Bacon and Bryan Shacklady. Roberta Harvey joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP to strengthen the team's contentious trust and estates practice.

Practice head(s):Emily Exton

Other key lawyers:Benedict Walton; Andrew Head; Christopher Bacon; Roberta Harvey


'Very capable lawyers who are able to handle high-value and complex disputes in an effective and cost-efficient manner'.

'Extremely hands on, with a high level of partner input'.

'Benedict Walton stands out for his commitment to clients, detailed understanding of the facts and issues, and approachability'.

'Senior solicitor Bryan Shacklady has excellent attention to detail and clients visibly trust him'.

Fox Williams LLP 'fields superb commercial litigators, who are excellent tacticians and strategists'. Clients describe it as 'a niche firm that is able to stand up to firms several times its size'. The practice's particular areas of disputes focus are civil fraud, financial services regulatory, employment, investment banking, partnership and policy holder insurance matters. Gavin Foggo, Tom Custance, Peter Ashford and David Butler are highly regarded advisers; group action specialist Andrew Hill was hired from Stewarts Law LLP.

Practice head(s):Gavin Foggo

Other key lawyers:Tom Custance; Peter Ashford; David Butler; Andrew Hill


'A very engaging team that provides well-thought, comprehensive advice'.

'Gavin Foggo is an exceptional talent, who is very user friendly and insightful in commercial litigation - not afraid to engage with the detail but always sensitive about clients' concerns'.

'Tom Custance vigorously defends clients' cases and avoids unnecessary and expensive procedural gambits'.

'Peter Ashford is a level-headed and robust commercial litigation and arbitration partner - never overbearing but not aloof'.

Key Clients

Hertz Europe

Pamplona Strategic Investments and Pamplona Capital Management

Eric Daniels (former CEO of Lloyds Bank)

Software Incubator

IFG Group

Work highlights

  • Defended Hertz Europe against a high-value claim that was brought by Ryanair in relation to an exclusive car rental supplier agreement.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's 'commercial litigation group is excellent; it is also innovative and dependable'. The team acts for the firm’s established core media, technology and entertainment client base, as well as the retail and financial sectors and high-net-worth clients. Andy Millmore  heads the dispute resolution team and Sandi Simons is commercial litigation head. Louis Castellani is also highly regarded, Matthew Leverton was made partner, and Georgina Long promoted to senior associate; former senior associate Melanie Hart is now at Ince.

Practice head(s):Sandi Simons

Other key lawyers:Andy Millmore; Louis Castellani; Matthew Leverton; Georgina Long


'Unparalleled media experience, but the firm also has an unusual level of general commercial and legal understanding'.

'Sandi Simons gets involved in the detailed thinking and is very creative in seeing possible problems before they happen'.

'Matthew Leverton is always available; he is also a very clear thinker, gives balanced advice, and is highly intelligent and articulate'.

'Georgina Long is excellent - she has a cool head and gets the job done no matter what is thrown at her'.

Key Clients

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Concert Promoters Association


Royal National Theatre

LW Theatres Group

Hat Trick Productions

Work highlights

  • Acted for a film financing company in a Commercial Court claim, which was brought by a lender for repayment of a film production-related loan.

HFW is widely respected for its expertise in energy, mining and transport-related disputes. The practice also regularly acts in litigation involving commodities, manufacturing, utilities, engineering, financial services and  international trade companies. Damian Honey represents clients in disputes in relation to commodities and freight-related matters; other highly regarded advisers are Simon Blows, Noel Campbell, Costas Frangeskides and Alistair Feeney.

Other key lawyers:Damian Honey; Simon Blows; Noel Campbell; Costas Frangeskides; Alistair Feeney

Humphries Kerstetter LLP is 'a high-quality litigation boutique that has the ability to act in all commercial disputes, including against financial institutions'. It advises clients in sectors such as financial services, energy, defence, insurance, TMT, international trade and construction. Mark Humphries, Kristopher Kerstetter, Christopher Braithwaite and James Russell are all experienced advisers; Toby Starr joined from Starr Legal and of counsel Robert Javin-Fisher was hired from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):Mark Humphries; Kristopher Kerstetter; Christopher Braithwaite; James Russell; Toby Starr

Other key lawyers:Robert Javin-Fisher 


'A combination of Magic Circle-type expertise with practical commercial advice at a more realistic charge rate'.

'Christopher Braithwaite, Mark Humphries and Kristopher Kerstetter are all experienced litigators, who are hardworking and highly effective'.


Key Clients

Azitio Holdings, Oleg Mkrtchan and Gastly Holdings

One Blackfriars (in liquidation).

HPK Engineering

Marfin Investment Group


Work highlights

  • Represented a group of merchants in claims against MasterCard and Visa for overcharging on interchange fees.

Ince & Co and Gordon Dadds LLP merged in late 2018 to become Ince. The new entity is 'strongly focused on promoting clients' interests and is very well-organised in dealing with litigation procedures'. It  advises on disputes in sectors such as transport, trade, energy and infrastructure, and insurance in addition to litigation surrounding corporate law, real estate, private wealth, employment and regulatory issues.  Nicholas Yapp heads the dispute resolution practice, which also includes joint London managing partner Nick Goldstone and Melanie Hart , who was hired from Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Yapp

Other key lawyers:Melanie Hart; Nick Goldstone


'Focused on the client and ensuring their expectations can be met. The team is also very good at keeping the client informed and on top of the issues'.

'Nick Goldstone is a dogged and tenacious operator, who fearlessly drives both litigation and negotiation to achieve clients' goals'.


Key Clients

Swiss Life Group

Ritec International

The Kapoor Group

Mr Robert Horton of R2 Recovery

The London District Housing Association


Bibby Distribution

Work highlights

  • Acted for Swiss Life Group in the enforcement of high-value US federal court judgments under The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Almost all of McGuireWoods London LLP's matters involve co-ordinating litigation in multiple jurisdictions, whether relating to parallel claims or overseas enforcement.The practice's litigation frequently involves regulatory and arbitration elements. Hardeep Nahal handles high-profile cases in the market, Michael Tackley is focused on cross-border issues, and William Boddy acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes that often involve fraud allegations.

Practice head(s):Michael Tackley; Hardeep Nahal

Other key lawyers:William Boddy

Key Clients

Vincent Tchenguiz


Teoco UK


Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees (in its capacity as trustee of the Tchenguiz Family Trust)

Select Vantage

West End Homes and Les Residence Falcon Wharf

Work highlights

  • Acted for Vincent Tchenguiz and his interests in a high-profile £2.2bn claim against Grant Thornton UK, Iceland's Kaupthing Bank (Kaupthing) and others, which arose out of  Kaupthing's collapse.

Memery Crystal LLP 'delivers an excellent partner-led service and regularly seems to outperform its competition'. The practice has particular disputes expertise in relation to financial services, tax, insolvency, commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, natural resources, and international trade. Dispute resolution head Mark Whelan, Harvey Rands and Iain MacWhannell are the key contacts. In 2018, Jenni Jenkins was made partner and Joel Seager was hired from Enyo Law LLP, while in 2019, Dean Nicholls joined from Gordon Dadds LLP. Jane Marsden has left the firm.

Practice head(s):Mark Whelan

Other key lawyers:Harvey Rands; Iain MacWhannell; Jenni Jenkins; Joel Seager;  Dean Nicholls


'A first-class financial services litigation practice'.

'Mark Whelan takes a very hands-on role, making sure that he fully understands the desired commercial outcome from the outset'.

'Iain MacWhannell is excellent - he is commercial, pragmatic and astute'.

Key Clients

Marex Financial

Medsted Associates


Petricca & Co Capital

Jersey Oil & Gas

Brotherton Real Estate

STM Group

International Goldfields

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Acted for Marex Financial in a high-value damages claim for breach of delivery and title obligations in relation to nickel sale contracts.

Michelmores LLP is 'very responsive to questions, requests for meetings and reacting to developments generally. The practice obviously has other matters, but clients feel as if their case is the priority'. It is best known for financial services litigation, insurance coverage disputes, insolvency litigation, and  financial crime and fraud. Jonathan Kitchin in Exeter is department head, Peter Sigler became private client head in 2019 and Garbhan Shanks is head of both international arbitration and insurance and reinsurance.

Practice head(s):Peter Sigler; Garbhan Shanks; Jonathan Kitchin


'The lawyers think ahead and consider proactive ways to avoid problems arising or how best to manage anticipated issues that lie ahead'.

'Jonathan Kitchin has a very sound legal mind and is very approachable'.

'Peter Sigler is exemplary - thoughtful, responsive and has expert knowledge of the law. He is also an excellent case strategist and effective leader of clients' issues'.

'Garbhan Shanks is hands on and always directly involved.He is obviously experienced and gives calm, measured advice, even when the pressure is on'.

Key Clients

Wyelands Capital

GFG Alliance

RGL Management

York Global Finance

Richard Pease & CRUX Asset Management

United Bank

AlixPartners Services UK

Work highlights

  • Represented approximately 1000 small and medium-sized enterprises in claims that they were mis-sold tailored business loans.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London office stands out for its expertise in the energy, insurance, and financial services sectors. Nicholas Greenwood's clients include private equity, banking and financial services entities; Peter Sharp has a broad litigation practice that spans the oil and gas, financial services, insurance, aviation, and engineering sectors; and David Waldron advises on international commercial, oil, gas, energy, and antitrust disputes. Paul Mesquitta is a notable associate.

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Greenwood; Peter Sharp; David Waldron; Paul Mesquitta

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP 'provides excellent legal knowledge and analysis, coupled with a sensible, common-sense approach'. The team handles complex, cross-border disputes as well as significant domestic litigation, and it is particularly active in the firm’s core practice areas of finance, energy and technology. Simon Willis' work often involves financial and professional services institutions, contentious regulatory work and professional negligence; and Maria Frangeskides' practice includes international trade, energy, commercial fraud, finance, and shareholder and joint venture disputes. Amanda Voss, Adam Rizzo and Wayne Hofer are notable senior associates. Matthew Lawson retired from the practice.

Practice head(s):Simon Willis 

Other key lawyers:Maria Frangeskides; Amanda Voss; Adam Rizzo; Wayne Hofer


'Simon Willis is very clever and gives straightforward, clear advice to clients'.

'Adam Rizzo is an efficient and highly personable senior associate, who is excellent at running cases on a day-to-day basis'.

Key Clients


Ernst & Young

CDR Creances

Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile

Langston Corporation

Andrew Wright

Work highlights

  • Acted for KPMG in relation to the collapse of Carillion, one of the largest corporate insolvencies in UK history.

PCB Litigation LLP's 'overall service is excellent and its lawyers are friendly but also very professional and efficient; their rates also represent good value for money'. The boutique is best known for fraud and asset recovery work, but it has also developed a significant commercial litigation disputes practice, both internationally and domestically. Anthony Riem and Trevor Mascarenhas are highly rated, as are Jon Felce and Nick Ractliff.

Practice head(s):Anthony Riem; Trevor Mascarenhas

Other key lawyers:Jon Felce; Nick Ractliff


'A tight-knit team with work done by partners who have extensive experience of business in Russia and neighbouring countries'.

'Anthony Riem is praised for his clear advice; he is also commercial and prepared to engage with all stakeholders, not just clients and other lawyers'.

'Trevor Mascarenhas has a seriously impressive knowledge of the law, particularly on issues such as jurisdiction and conflict of laws'.

'Nick Ractliff is a highly effective manager of long-running litigation, particularly where there is a necessity to co-ordinate with third parties and to engage in further litigation to enforce a judgment after a successful trial'.

'Jon Felce is a calm and collected presence, and the breadth of his legal writing demonstrates that he has a genuine enthusiasm for the law'.

Key Clients

PL Holdings


TPG Capital


Argent Group

Miller Mining

Veetee Rice

Vadim Kargin


Work highlights

  • Acted for a global satellite company in bringing a conspiracy claim.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is experienced in specialist areas such as group action litigation, banking and finance disputes, defamation and reputation management, cybercrime, product liability, and IP and IT matters. Rustam Dubash heads the department, Richard Marshall leads the international litigation and arbitration team, and David Niven heads the professional negligence and group actions practice. Also highly regarded are Philip D’Costa, Alex Fox, Dan Hyde, John Doherty, Donald Lambert and Noel McMichael. David O’Brien was made partner.

Practice head(s):Rustam Dubash

Other key lawyers:Richard Marshall; David Niven; Philip D’Costa; Alex Fox; Dan Hyde; John Doherty; Donald Lambert; Noel McMichael; David O’Brien

Key Clients

Munroe K and Munroe K Luxembourg

Scarborough Group International and over 53 others

Shannon Construction and Royston Wright

General Practitioners Defence Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for Scarborough Group International and over 53 others in a Commercial Court claim against the Bank of Scotland and Uberior Investments, which involved alleged fraudulent LIBOR manipulation.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is 'an excellent boutique for commercial work, with an emphasis on quality and customer service'. It is traditionally known for fraud matters but now acts in major commercial and corporate litigation with or without fraud elements. The team assists with high-profile, international cases, including matters where freezing and disclosure orders are obtained. Keith Oliver, Jonathan Tickner, Sarah Gabriel and Jason Woodland are all highly rated practitioners.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Tickner; Keith Oliver

Other key lawyers:Sarah Gabriel; Jason Woodland


'A small but effective team, with good access to senior individuals - clients won't find themselves passed on to junior members'.

'Keith Oliver has many years of experience and is well known in the industry'.

'Sarah Gabriel is totally committed to her clients and prepared to work above and beyond the call of duty; she handles more difficult clients with ease, and while tough she never loses sight of negotiated resolutions'.

'Jonathan Tickner leads a team of talented lawyers with wide experience in commercial dispute resolution and a focus on fraud-related claims'.

'Jason Woodland is an extremely safe pair of hands'.

Key Clients

Alexander Tugushev

Mohammad Al Mojil and Adel Al Mojil

Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority

Group claim against Ingenious Media

18 clients bringing claims against Scion Media

Swiss Post International (UK) and Asendia UK

Pure Energy Development and Elnur Aliyev

Newmafruit Farms

Work highlights

  • Acted for Alexander Tugushev in relation to his ownership of a one-third stake in an international fishing business that is estimated to be worth approximately $1.5bn.

Sidley Austin LLP's Matthew Shankland heads the London dispute resolution practice and is co-leader of the firm-wide commercial litigation and disputes practice group. His experience encompasses a spectrum of corporate and commercial cases conducted in the higher courts of England and the European Courts, as well as before international arbitration tribunals and the courts of other jurisdictions. Highly rated former global litigation co-head and London litigation head Dorothy Cory-Wright and counsel John Bedford joined Dechert LLP in 2018.

Practice head(s):Matthew Shankland

Squire Patton Boggs' 'team stands out with its great level of client communication and understanding'. The London litigation practice acts in complex, often multi-jurisdictional cases, working particularly closely with offices in the US, the Middle East, CIS, and the Far East. Stephen Sampson is head of London litigation, Gareth Timms is particularly focused on banking disputes, including Islamic finance, asset tracing and fraud related work, and Chris Webber is also highly regarded. Nicola Phillips was made partner in 2018 and Stephen Cole  is an experienced director. Former London managing partner Robert Weekes and Laurence Winston, who was previously UK litigation head, both joined Crowell & Moring.

Practice head(s):Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Nicola Phillips; Stephen Cole


'Clear expertise in financial and contractual disputes with a strong teamwork ethos that delivers excellent value for clients'.

'Chris Webber is a very focused specialist, with in-depth experience in negotiations.'

Key Clients

Chelsea Football Club

Rembrandt Enterprises


LAN Cargo and LATAM Airlines Group

Fawaz Al-Hasawi

Work highlights

  • Defended Rembrandt Enterprises, a US producer of egg products, against a claim before the Commercial Court, which was brought by a Dutch entity over the supply of egg products in the US.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is 'very professional and client focused, without the internal politics that can trip up other practices'. Its key strengths are corporate, banking and insurance disputes, together with a specific aviation and aerospace focus. The team is also particularly active in Middle East-related work and commercial disputes involving public sector bodies. Lucy James heads the national commercial litigation team, Ned Beale focuses on high value corporate disputes, and Alex Burton co-heads the firm's international dispute management practice. James Lancaster  is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Lucy James

Other key lawyers:Ned Beale; Alex Burton; James Lancaster


'The firm's lawyers interact well, which is to the benefit of clients; they also respond very quickly to any points clients make'.

'Ned Beale is highly intelligent. He uses a layered approach to a case, building up each legal point over time until it becomes fortified against all attacks. He also makes sure clients understand where he or she is going with the case and for what purpose'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

CCS Media

Fondazione Enpam

Vossloh Group

Panasonic Bic UK

Remit Group

Giant Target Trenchless Contracting

Currie & Brown International

Work highlights

  • Represented a high-profile CIS businessman in high-value litigation surrounding a port's ownership.

Wallace LLP 'has a talented team of commercial litigators in place to resolve litigation, arbitrations and disputes of a commercial nature'. It frequently acts in complex, domestic and multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial disputes. Simon Serota is litigation head, Alexander Weinberg has expertise in shareholder and joint venture disputes, and matters involving breaches of directors’ duties; Oli Goldman acts in a variety of commercial disputes and fraud-related matters; and Craig Thompson advises on disputes involving IT, telecoms, retail, sports, manufacturing and aviation. Elizabeth Asher and Josephine Mathew,are the senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):Simon Serota

Other key lawyers:Alexander Weinberg; Oli Goldman; Craig Thompson; Elizabeth Asher; Josephine Mathew


'The skillset is high and the legal teams within the firm pay specific attention to cases and client needs; it is very traditional in its problem-solving approach, ensuring compliance with established regulations and practices at every step'.

'Alexander Weinberg is exceptional - he has a clear focus and outlines throughout the approach that needs to be followed'.

'Oli Goldman is an awe-inspiring litigator'.

'Craig Thompson is a hugely experienced and shrewd operator, with a great feel for strategy'.

'Senior associate Elizabeth Asher is fantastic to work with'.

'Clients only have praise for senior associate Josephine Mathew'.

Key Clients

Konstantinos Daskalakis and Arvind Mundhra

William Paterson-Brown and Timothy Paterson-Brown

Annabel Bowie

Courtwood Holdings

Excell Business Systems

Work highlights

  • Acted for two defendants in successfully challenging the English court's jurisdiction in relation to $100m-plus claims that alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and contract.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP 'has a fantastic London litigation practice' that regularly works with its colleagues in Europe, the US and Asia. Jamie Maples  has been developing the office's growing focus on significant tax litigation matters and Mark Lawford's principal areas of expertise include cross-border insolvencies and restructurings, debtor and creditor representations, and insolvency litigation. Christopher Marks is the associate to note.

Practice head(s):Jamie Maples

Other key lawyers:Mark Lawford; Christopher Marks


'Very thorough and lawyers are always available to bounce ideas off'.

'A small team of highly experienced lawyers, who are able to manage large cases through the effective use of counsel'.

'Jamie Maples is an excellent and incisive team leader, who brings a refreshing approach to litigation problems'.

'Christopher Marks is a go-to associate for anything contentious; he is very approachable, knowledgeable and thinks though every angle'.

Key Clients

Ad hoc committee of 2017 noteholders of Dana Gas

Stuart Sybersma and David Soden as joint provisional liquidators of Abraaj Investment Management



Lehman Brothers

KPMG (joint special administrators to MF Global UK)

Jinpeng Group

Work highlights

  • Represented the ad hoc committee of Dana Gas sukuk certificate holders in proceedings in England, UAE and BVI, which arose out of the alleged unlawfulness of a $700m Shari’a compliant bond.

Winston & Strawn London LLP's 'specialised litigation team in London' frequently acts as the co-ordinating hub for major international disputes across Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Michael Madden leads the firm’s commercial litigation team in London and regularly assists with disputes involving corporate acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures; Daniel Meagher, who is experienced in disputes involving energy, aviation, financial services, telecoms, construction, and shareholders, was made partner, while Justin McClelland left for Stephenson Harwood.

Practice head(s):Michael Madden; Daniel Meagher


'A niche practice in the UK but the team does punch above its weight'.

'Michael Madden does outstanding work and deploys a range of skills necessary to be successful in this area, not least tenacity and a thorough grasp of the issues'.

Key Clients

Shebah Exploration and Production Company


Work highlights

  • Represented Shebah Exploration and Production Company in a dispute surrounding a high-value facility agreement.

Ashfords LLP is 'an impressive outfit that provides a streamlined, high- quality commercial litigation service for clients'. The practice handles disputes involving contracts, partnerships, company directors, share and asset purchase agreements, freezing injunctions, debt recovery, and cross border disputes. James Crighton is an experienced partner, and Bristol-based Rory Mac Neice specialises in disputes in the technology and sports sectors.

Practice head(s):James Crighton; Rory Mac Neice


'Ashfords benefits from having quality people throughout all levels of the team - there are no weak links'.

'The extremely commercial James Crighton is someone clients want on their side'.

Key Clients

Saatchi Gallery

Douglas and Gordon

nGage Specialist Recruitment

Paul E Schweder Miller & Co

BM Advisory

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant in an Insolvency Act claim, which included the successful resistance of a strike out application.

Blake Morgan LLP is 'a real alternative to large City firms for commercial litigation, with particular strength in international cross-border work', according to clients. The practice has particular specialisms in financial, technology, IP, hospitality and gaming disputes, as well as civil fraud. Sarah Rees and Justin Weare are the key advisers.

Practice head(s):Sarah Rees

Other key lawyers:Justin Weare


'A go-to team for difficult and complex shareholder and stakeholder disputes, especially those involving trusts and asset tracing'.

'Sarah Rees is extremely personable, on top of the detail in every case and with a strategic vision that is rarely seen'.

'Justin Weare is bright, thoughtful and sensible, with considerable experience of heavyweight commercial litigation'.

Key Clients

The Ritz Hotel Casino

The Kerry Group

Robert Terry

Roman Pipia

Buyer's Dream

Aristides Potamianos

Work highlights

  • Acted for Transworld Payment Solutions UK (and its liquidator) in a fraud-related claim against First Curacao International Bank.

Bracewell (UK) LLP launched an energy disputes practice in late 2017 through the hiring of partners Damian Watkin and John Gilbert from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP and K&L Gates LLP, respectively. The office focuses on emerging economies such as those in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as the more developed markets of the UK and continental Europe.

Practice head(s):John Gilbert; Damian Watkin

Key Clients

Dana Petroleum

Aqua Ventures International FZE

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dana Petroleum in a dispute surrounding the ability of an operator under North Sea joint operating agreements to recover certain acquisition costs from non-operating parties.

Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based practice 'has great market presence in disputes, excellent knowledge of the law and is very hardworking'. It fields specialist litigators in transport, energy and natural resources, financial services, agricultural and rural affairs, IP and pensions. David Hall heads the team, which also includes Kari McCormick, Andrew Burnette, Chris Jackson, Sian Edmunds and Michael Ward.

Practice head(s):David Hall

Other key lawyers:Kari McCormick; Andrew Burnette; Chris Jackson; Sian Edmunds; Michael Ward


'Competes head to head with the leading firms, but at a lower cost to clients'.

'Kari McCormick has an excellent knowledge of the law and is extremely commercial in her approach'.

'Sian Edmunds is really on the ball when it comes to delivering practical solutions for her clients, but is not afraid of a fight'.

Key Clients

FirstGroup and subsidiaries



Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Crown Commercial Service Panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ludlow Street Healthcare (and associated group companies) in a shareholder dispute.

Charles Fussell & Co LLP is 'rarely conflicted and provides a top-rate service to clients'. The team acts predominantly for claimants in commercial disputes, fraud and professional negligence cases. Charles Fussell specialises in high-value, multi-party litigation, and Simon Winter is noted for disputes involving commercial contracts, commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, and professional negligence claims against solicitors.

Practice head(s):Charles Fussell

Other key lawyers:Simon Winter


'A very strong boutique practice that has a focus on partner-led work'.

'Charles Fussell and Simon Winter are truly outstanding lawyers, who are also excellent with clients - a winning combination'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for companies controlled by Venezuelan shipping magnate Wilmer Ruperti in claims against the Novoship group of shipping companies for alleged breach of a settlement agreement's confidential and non-disclosure terms.

DaySparkes is 'a class outfit that comprises super lawyers with great experience'. Commercial litigation and dispute resolution head John Day's  work frequently has an international dimension, with increasing amounts of trust, fraud, insolvency and international arbitration work. Michael Sparkes recently handled several complex disputes against international banks.

Practice head(s):John Day

Other key lawyers:Michael Sparkes


'A highly committed micro-boutique with partners who are no-nonsense, hands-on litigators'.

'John Day and Michael Sparkes understand what clients need in conflict situations and never fail to deliver'.

Key Clients

Simon Robinson

RM Auctions

Daniel Wagner

Mahmood Al-Najar

John Cozens

Work highlights

  • Defended a property developer against alleged property fraud and freezing injunction proceedings.

Druces LLP's 'team is very hardworking, organised and committed to getting the right results for clients'. The disputes practice covers high-value cross-border matters, banking and finance, claimant-side professional negligence,  claims against directors, shareholder and partnership issues, mining, oil and gas, and property and insolvency. Julian Johnstone, Charles Spragge  and Neil Hayter are experienced advisers, and Rachel Brown is a highly regarded senior associate.

Practice head(s):Julian Johnstone; Charles Spragge

Other key lawyers:Neil Hayter; Rachel Brown


'Clients always get a truly balanced view and the lawyers provide good value and a sensible approach'.

'Charles Spragge is a real asset, who is sensible and sensitive in his handling of clients'.

'Julian Johnstone is a bright, lateral-thinking litigator, who is sensible, robust and realistic'.

'Senior associate Rachel Brown is always fast to respond, and honest and balanced in her advice - even if clients don't like it'.

Key Clients

Fondation Ion Basgan

Credit Europe Bank

Onur Air Tasimacilik

Haier Appliances

Vistra (UK)

Orexim Trading


DWF is 'accessible, knowledgeable and meets deadlines'.  The London office is particularly focused on disputes involving retail and international trade, commerce, banking and finance, technology, and energy. Jonathan Isaacs has a particular interest in High Court commercial contract, corporate and boardroom disputes, and Richard Twomey has a strong track record in dealing with international disputes. Joshua Fineman is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Isaacs; Richard Twomey

Other key lawyers:Joshua Fineman


'Jonathan Isaacs is personable and provides a good balance of legal advice together with good common sense - he understands the bigger picture'.

'Senior associate Joshua Fineman is a very hardworking individual, who is incredibly committed to clients'.

Key Clients


Jamtoff Trading

Highland Estates

Western International Market

Arcadia Group

Rathore Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for two Russian nationals against a Russian billionaire in a claim that arose out of the sale of interests in two nickel plants.

DWFM Beckman's disputes expertise includes commercial contracts corporate law, insolvency and debt recovery, IP, property, trusts and estates, professional negligence, civil fraud, injunctions and asset tracing. Peter Bridson heads the team, which includes Demetris Dionissiou, Elizabeth Johnson, Sharokh Koussari and Colin Jaque.

Practice head(s):Peter Bridson

Other key lawyers:Demetris Dionissiou; Elizabeth Johnson; Sharokh Koussari; Colin Jaque

Freeths LLP's 'team provides good value for money' across a broad array of disputes work including corporate and M&A matters, commercial disputes, fraud, insolvency, group actions, public sector disputes, IT matters and insurance. Philippa Dempster is the principal contact and Vickie Williams was promoted to director.

Practice head(s):Philippa Dempster

Other key lawyers:Vickie Williams


'The team has a strong presence in IT litigation'.

'Director Vickie Williams is a good team player and takes a commercial approach'.

Key Clients

Eddie Stobart

William Hill Organization

Lyle & Scott

Volare Aviation

GP Surveyors

The liquidators of SHB Realisations (formerly BHS)

Work highlights

  • On behalf of nearly 600 claimants, the team acted in a group action against Post Office for damages suffered because of the Horizon computer system's failings.

Goodman Derrick LLP 'provides a highly personalised and user-friendly service to both large corporations and individuals alike, and the team is extremely tenacious but realistic in its goals'. The practice advises on a range of commercial disputes and is able to draw upon the firm's specialist construction and real estate litigators. Practice head Clive Ince and Nigel Adams are highly regarded, and Jonathan Cole is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Clive Ince

Other key lawyers:Nigel Adams; Jonathan Cole


'Deliver a tailor-made service and personal care, and are particularly understanding of clients' ambitions'.

'Clive Ince is brilliant at handling clients and goes the extra mile'.

'Nigel Adams is an excellent lawyer and very user friendly'.

Key Clients

John Frieda Salons

The Restaurant Group

FBN Bank

Chelsfield Group

Lucent Lighting

ITV Studios


Grandlane Group

Arbuthnot Latham

The former directors of the Luminar Group

Readers Digest

Chime Communications

Work highlights

  • Advised a franchisor on a claim against a franchisee for breach of restrictive covenants.

Hamlins LLP is 'big enough to offer breadth of experience, yet offers a very personal touch that makes even small clients feel valued and important'. It has particular disputes expertise in IT, construction, engineering, insurance, professional negligence, and travel and timeshares, along with IP, defamation, sports, partnership and shareholder disputes and financial matters. Amanda Burge heads the dispute resolution department, which also comprises Antony Perlmutter and Martin Ochs. .

Practice head(s):Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:Antony Perlmutter; Martin Ochs


'Good leadership, the team is efficient and productive'.

'Amanda Burge is very approachable and likes to help if at all possible; she is always contactable and willing to go the extra mile'.

'Antony Perlmutter fights fearlessly for clients. He is a skilled tactical litigator, who gets excellent results'.

'Martin Ochs is an impressive litigator who has proven himself to be extremely efficient in producing high-quality work under tight deadlines'.

Key Clients

60 houseboat owners represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association

European Land & Property

Hilton Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Acted for European Land & Property in a contractual dispute for sums due under an estate management deed.

Irwin Mitchell's 'members are hardworking, pragmatic and driven to find  practical and workable solutions to clients' problems'. The disputes practice covers commercial contracts, supply chains, breach of directors’ duties, corporate warranties, shareholders and partnerships, IP and IT disputes, injunctions, regulatory issues, and professional negligence claims. Jonathan Sachs is recommended for professional negligence, international commercial litigation and fraud matters, and Jane Anderson (who relocated to London from the firm's Birmingham office in 2018) and Dominique Dolman are the senior associates to note. Sarah Wallace left for Constantine Law Limited in 2019.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Sachs

Other key lawyers:Jane Anderson; Dominique Dolman


'Good at thinking outside of the box and pushing counsel to do likewise'.

'Jonathan Sachs and senior associate Dominique Dolman are both sensible, hardworking litigators who give clients frank advice and fight hard once they have instructions. They are a pleasure to work with and are excellent at analysing cases tactically'.

Key Clients

Sandi Haywood

Taray Investments and Bellevue Homes

Work highlights

  • Represented the respondent in the Supreme Court in an employment-related breach of contract claim.

Joelson 'has a boutique dispute resolution team that dedicates all its efforts to a case'. It has expertise in disputes involving corporate and commercial law, professional negligence, shareholder issues, IP, insolvency, property litigation, judicial reviews and construction matters. Disputes head Joanne Gregory, Niall McCann and Myles Levy are the key advisers.

Practice head(s):Joanne Gregory

Other key lawyers:Niall McCann; Myles Levy


'Joelson punches well above its weight, with high-profile clients and a very personal yet professional service'.

'Joanne Gregory is a tenacious and accomplished litigator, who combines charm with a very highly skilled mind'.

'Myles Levy delivers steadfast advice'.

King & Wood Mallesons focuses on joint venture and shareholder disputes, and fraud and asset recovery; it acts in domestic matters as well as disputes involving Chinese trade and investment The London office is able to offer commercial litigation, financial disputes advice and arbitration services. The names to note are  Andrei Yakovlev, Dorothy Murray and London managing partner Darren Roiser.

Practice head(s):Darren Roiser; Dorothy Murray; Andrei Yakovlev

Key Clients

Actavis Group

Forex Capital Markets

Mikhail Abyzov and Emmerson International

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mikhail Abyzov and Emmerson International against Viktor Vekselberg and the Renova Group in a highly contested joint venture dispute.

Kobre & Kim LLP focuses entirely on disputes and investigations work, making it conflict free. The London office hired Nick Cherryman, who represents clients in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, from King & Spalding LLP  in 2019. Andrew Stafford QC is recommended for the enforcement of international judgments.

Other key lawyers:Nick Cherryman; Andrew Stafford QC

Lipman Karas LLP is 'a boutique law firm that is conflict free and able to take on cases against large financial institutions'. Andrew Ford focuses on large international disputes, fraud and asset tracing; and Jeremy Scott specialises in cross-border insolvency, fraud, asset tracing, art and cultural property law, trust disputes, urgent interim remedies, and enforcement of judgments. Christopher Atkinson, Caroline Mattin and Caroline Phipps are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):Andrew Ford

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Scott; Christopher Atkinson; Caroline Mattin; Caroline Phipps


'The London team is made up of incredibly dedicated individuals, who are committed to achieving the best possible outcome in each case'.

'Andrew Ford is reliable, hardworking and always delivers on his promises'.

'Jeremy Scott is a true class act'.

Key Clients

Elena Tsareva & others

Nick Harrold and Joe Seifert

Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers

Work highlights

  • Acted for two groups of investors that brought Commercial Court claims against Russian oligarchs (and their international network of companies), and relating to the administration of a bank in Russia.

PwC LLP's disputes work frequently spans multiple jurisdictions and covers commercial contracts, debt recovery, asset tracing, professional negligence, shareholder and board issues, financial services, IT, private client matters and tax. Agnes Quashie heads the UK regulatory and commercial disputes practice, and Dipti Hunter  is a senior manager.

Practice head(s):Agnes Quashie

Other key lawyers:Dipti Hunter

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP 'has exceptional solicitors at all levels'. The team acts in a large number of high-level, international contractual and corporate disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. The practice also has a strong reputation for resolving art law disputes. Jonathan Roberts is senior partner, and Rudi Ramdarshan's cases include commercial fraud and matters involving high-value injunctions. David Burns and Rebecca Roberts are also key partners.

Practice head(s):Rudi Ramdarshan; David Burns; Jonathan Roberts;

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Roberts


'Team members seamlessly get involved in bringing their expertise where needed'

'Rudi Ramdarshan and David Burns bring the team together'.

Key Clients


Pantheon International Advisors

High Fly

Dominvs Property Developments

Glasshouse Asset Management

Comptoir Group

Don’t Look Back Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ukraine’s national oil and gas company, Naftogaz, in a long-standing debt dispute with US company Merchant International.

Royds Withy King's 'dynamic and forward-thinking team' is well known for disputes involving contracts, company and shareholder matters, contentious insolvencies, financial services, and estate agents and business agents. The firm also has particular retail sector expertise as well as a growing Indian practice. The key advisers are Stewart Wilkinson, Stephen Welfare and Chris Rodda; Jamie Lester was hired from Hunters Law LLP and Milan Kapadia was made partner.

Practice head(s):Stewart Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Stephen Welfare; Chris Rodda; Jamie Lester; Milan Kapadia


'Approachable, hardworking and commercial'.

Key Clients

Monsoon Accessorize

State Bank of India

Smyths Toys


Christie Group


Cantel (UK)

National Association of Jewellers

Leatherman Tools

The Baglioni Hotel

Bank of India

David Rubin & Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bank of India in relation to an invoice discounting facility it granted to Dubai's Firestar Holdings.

Russell-Cooke LLP 'concentrates on providing great value for money and quality advice'. Senior partner John Gould's areas of practice include complex financial schemes; Paolo Sidoli is noted for claims involving fraud and asset-tracing, minority shareholders, directors and partnerships, and breach of warranties; and Lee Ranford is insolvency team head. Elliot Elsey and Michael Stacey were recently made partners, while former commercial litigation team head Francesca Kaye was appointed a Master of the Chancery Division.

Practice head(s):John Gould

Other key lawyers:Paolo Sidoli; Lee Ranford; Elliot Elsey; Michael Stacey


'Able to conduct complex commercial litigation skillfully, unencumbered by the conflicts that can constrain larger firms'.

'Paolo Sidoli is a superb lawyer, who is adept at conducting heavyweight commercial litigation, especially disputes involving alleged frauds and offshore trust structures'.

'Elliot Elsey is very savvy, clever and commercial'.

Key Clients


Voluntary Service Overseas

Youth Hostels Association


Pelican Rouge

Venson Automotive Solutions

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Rex Brown


MX Sports

BNP Paribas

FRP Advisory

Work highlights

  • Represented a digital services provider in a complex contractual dispute, which included bribery allegations.

SCA ONTIER LLP 's 'very measured and thorough team' specialises in complex, high-value, multi-jurisdictional, commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency across a range of financial and industry sectors. Managing partner Seamus Andrew splits his time between London and the BVI, Paul Ferguson has advised in disputes involving banking and finance, energy and insolvent schemes of arrangement, while Oliver Cain's work is almost exclusively international and cross-border in nature.

Other key lawyers:Seamus Andrew; Paul Ferguson; Oliver Cain


'The London team's instructions are consistently high quality and the work produced is particularly pleasing'.

'Seamus Andrew is phenomenally bright, always thinks two or three steps ahead, and is calm and collected in even the tightest corners'.

'Paul Ferguson is very bright, personable and diligent'.

'Oliver Cain is a very capable lawyer, who makes time to get stuck in and deliberate about tactics as well as the legal issues in dispute'.

Key Clients

Automobili Lamborghini

Grupo Mexico

Dommo Energia

Salbatring International




Work highlights

  • Acted for a Chinese state-owned shipyard seeking to recover $171m from a Hong Kong entity that was due under a guarantee agreement.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP 'provides high-quality City litigation services at a fraction of the cost charged by the Magic Circle firms'. The team  is experienced in disputes surrounding corporate and commercial matters, finance, fraud and bribery, shareholders, sale and purchase agreements, warranties and indemnities, and professional negligence. The key partners are practice head Kamran Rehman, David Vaughan and Michael Mulligan.

Practice head(s):Kamran Rehman

Other key lawyers:David Vaughan; Michael Mulligan


'Kamran Rehman is a cool and steely tactician, who likes to be two moves ahead in terms of seeing where his opponents are going'.

Key Clients

United Republic of Tanzania

Monex Europe

Capreon (UK)

Precision Engineering Plastics

Falcon Investment Management

Formation Group

Central Bridging Loans

United National Bank

Keele Residential Funding

Rhea Capital Partners

SREI Infrastructure Finance

Work highlights

  • Defended Air Tanzania and the United Republic of Tanzania against a £30m Airbus lease-related claim in the Commercial Court.

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP is 'a hidden gem among commercial litigation practices in London'. Angus Rodger has some 30 years’ experience of international dispute resolution; Neil Dooley is well known for complex, high-profile and high-value fraud cases; while Ivan Gordienko is noted for disputes in the aviation, telecoms, real estate, chemicals, and financial services sectors. Jonathan Raynes is experienced in matters involving construction, engineering, procurement and construction contracting, process plants, energy, and real estate development.

Other key lawyers:Angus Rodger; Neil Dooley; Ivan Gordienko; Jonathan Raynes 


'The London practice is small but incredibly efficient and flexible'.

'Angus Rodger is an intelligent and thoughtful lawyer, who is unafraid to adopt an isolated position where it is in his client's interests to do so'.

'Neil Dooley is an exceptional litigator, with amazing commercial and tactical nous and great legal instinct'.

'Jonathan Raynes is very knowledgable, responsive and generally very helpful'.

Key Clients

Japan Airlines



Otkritie bank

Trust Bank

National Bank of Moldova

VTB Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sova Capital in enforcing a major judgment against fraudsters.

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP has 'an excellent, hardworking commercial litigation team'. It advises on joint venture disputes, warranty claims, and shareholder and partnership issues. Other areas include trading disputes, fraud, bribery, professional negligence claims and contentious trusts. Richard Mumford, who left for REN Legal, was replaced as team head by Sarah Murray in 2019. Managing partner Richard King, Michael Frisby and Andrew Quick are also key advisers. James Lister  was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Sarah Murray

Other key lawyers:Sarah Murray; Richard King; Michael Frisby; Andrew Quick; James Lister;


'It has the ability to conduct high-profile litigation cases to a very high standard'.

'Andrew Quick is an analytical thinker who provides practical and commercial advice'..

'Senior associate Paula Harris has a fantastic ability to absorb huge amount of complex data and simplify it all in a very methodical manner'.

Key Clients

Allianz Insurance

Gama Aviation

Samsung Electronics

CI Plus

TM Lewin


CBRE Managed Services

Anheuser-Busch Inbev Procurement

TGI Fridays

Work highlights

  • Acted for a multi-unit franchisee of Domino’s Pizza UK (DPUK) in applying for and obtaining injunctions that prevented DPUK from terminating franchise agreements.

Teacher Stern LLP's 'experienced, efficient team provides a complete litigation service'. The practice covers contractual and shareholder actions, fraud and asset tracing claims, mis-selling disputes, and professional negligence. The key contacts are insolvency head Navinder Grover as well as  Jack Rabinowicz, Clare Toomer, Rajesh Pabla and Philip Rubens.

Practice head(s):Navinder Grover

Other key lawyers:Rajesh Pabla; Philip Rubens; Clare Toomer; Jack Rabinowicz


'Prepared to give tough advice where needed'

'The team will do all it can to achieve the best outcome for clients'.

'Navinder Grover is a robust but fair, tactically astute litigator, who is prepared to take a view and stick to it'.

'Jack Rabinowicz has an uncanny instinct for seeing and achieving the best outcome'.

'Clare Toomer has a  great combination of legal and commercial skills, and is very diligent and client focused'.

'Rajesh Pabla is a standout individual'

Work highlights

  • Acted for the defendants in high-value claims brought in the High Court of Justice, which alleged that issued subscriber shares were unpaid.

The disputes practice at Wedlake Bell LLP, which merged with London practice Stitt & Co in 2018, covers the full spectrum of disputes work with experience in professional negligence, judicial review, company law, shareholders and partnerships matters, as well as banking and finance, fraud, debt and asset recovery, IT, professional discipline, and outsourcing and procurement  disputes. It is also well known for real estate litigation and construction disputes. David Golten  is commercial litigation head and Glenn Chidgey is disputes head.

Practice head(s):Glenn Chidgey; David Golten


'Provides a consistently high level of service at reasonable cost and the team is customer focused and practical'.

'David Golten always looks for commercial solutions and continually seeks to maintain his cheerful outlook'.

'Glenn Chidgey has excellent judgement and will go the extra mile for clients'.

Key Clients

The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society

Interoute Communications

Parham Holdings

Reveal Projects

Express Vending

Mears Group

American Express Europe Services

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society in a range of disputes relating to its £8bn property portfolio.

Zaiwalla & Co 's 'extraordinary practice' undertakes complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation work that emanates from high-growth economies such as India, Russia and the Middle East. Managing partner Pavani Reddy has extensive litigation experience in relation to energy and commodities; and Sarosh Zaiwalla's disputes practice includes commodities, shipping, financial services, energy, real estate, and oil and gas. Leigh Crestohl was made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):Pavani Reddy

Other key lawyers:Sarosh Zaiwalla; Leigh Crestohl 


'Pavani Reddy is knowledgeable, practical and fun to work with'.

'Sarosh Zaiwalla is a canny veteran litigator'.

'Leigh Crestol is a standout litigator'.

Key Clients

Alexander Dobrovinsky

Vadim Maratovich Shulman


Air India UK

Work highlights

  • Defended a client in  a fraud claim that was issued by the Minister of Finance of Angola.

In late 2018, Pitmans LLP merged with Bircham Dyson Bell to become BDB Pitmans. The commercial litigation practice covers shareholder disputes, financial litigation and complex IT litigation. Geoffrey Kertesz is litigation head and Sinéad Lester heads the commercial litigation team. Also highly regarded are Richard Langley, Donna Goldsworthy, David Archer and Neil Emerson.

Practice head(s):Geoffrey Kertesz; Sinéad Lester

Other key lawyers:Richard Langley; Donna Goldsworthy' David Archer; Neil Emerson


'Richard Langley is exceptional'.

Key Clients

Dinglis Properties

Smurfit Kappa


Nuffield Health


EFG Bank


Work highlights

  • Defended Germany's North Channel Bank against a breach of duty of care claim by Denmark's tax authority.  

Headed by Peter Laskey, Bowling & Co.'s team is focused on financial product mis-selling, shareholder disputes, compulsory purchase orders, and fraud and asset recovery.

Practice head(s):Peter Laskey

Key Clients

Abdul Bari

Work highlights

  • Acted in a fraud claim based on misrepresentations that led to an investment in a sham property company in Bangladesh.

Carter Lemon Camerons' team is particularly noted for its disputes work involving financial services, banking, property, IP and professional negligence. Seamus Smyth heads the litigation and arbitration group, which also includes property litigation leader Lisa Ginesi, Kate Boguslawska and Graham  Balchin.

Practice head(s):Seamus Smyth

Other key lawyers:Lisa Ginesi; Kate Boguslawska; Graham Balchin


'Lisa Ginesi is an experienced and sound performer'.

'Graham Balchin is tenacious and achieves strong results in short time frames'.

Key Clients

Polymeric UK

Work highlights

  • Advised a minority shareholder on its entitlement to convert loan stock into shares to achieve board control.

Carter-Ruck handles breach of contract, shareholder and partnership matters, professional negligence, breaches of confidence, and IP issues. Adam Tudor leads the commercial litigation practice, Alasdair Pepper's practice involves financial mis-selling claims; and Matthew Wescott acts in commercial, financial, insurance and construction disputes. Antonia Foster and Claire Gill are also experienced advisers.

Practice head(s):Adam Tudor; Alasdair Pepper; Matthew Wescott

Other key lawyers:Antonia Foster; Claire Gill 

Work highlights

  • Advised four claimants on a claim involving an equity release scheme.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP's 'pragmatic, economic and client-focused practice' is  well known for its large client base of housing providers. The team's disputes experience includes insolvency, debt recovery, fraud, regulatory issues and private finance initiatives. Philip Barden, James Dunn and Jim Varley are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):Philip Barden; James Dunn

Other key lawyers:Jim Varley; Anna Buch


'Excellent value for money without compromising on quality'.

'Philip Barden is pragmatic and understands clients' business'.

'James Dunn is extremely diligent and on top of the detail'.

Key Clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

First Priority Housing Association

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

Insolve Plus


Thompson Reuters

Michael Page International

Ultra Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Acted in a high-value dispute against two Ukrainian oligarchs, which involved an alleged fraud on PrivatBank.

Fletcher Day's team is 'friendly, approachable and knowledgeable, and it is praised for its agility, responsiveness and availability'. Jovita Vassallo specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in the English commercial courts and Luiz Costa is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):Jovita Vassallo

Other key lawyers:Luiz Costa


'Good knowledge and the ability to move things forward'.

'Jovita Vassallo is brilliant'.

'Senior associate Luiz Costa provides superb assistance'.

Key Clients

Brazilian Navy

Welsh & Jefferies

Work highlights

  • Acted in a Court of Appeal matter concerning the beneficial ownership of foreign companies and the enforceability of English judgments against third parties.

Greenwoods GRM 'has a fantastic range of clients and a growing team that is dynamic and ambitious'. The team advises on disputes involving financial services, insolvency, education, manufacturing, natural resources, and oil and gas. Huw Wallis, who splits his time between Peterborough and London, is disputes head; Nicholas Scott is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):Huw Wallis

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Scott


'Provides a personal approach to clients'.

Key Clients

Brewin Dolphin

MAHLE Industries

gunnercooke LLP's Shilpen Savani's cases are high-value and frequently involve an international element. Fergus Buckley is focused on civil fraud matters while David Herbert has particular expertise in civil fraud and asset tracing.

Other key lawyers:Shilpen Savani; Fergus Buckley; David Herbert


'Shilpen Savani is very user friendly and has a wide range of experience'.

Traditionally known as a niche IT and IP practice, iLaw is now also known for complex and international commercial litigation disputes. The 'team is exceedingly commercially astute and delivers good outcomes for difficult disputes'. Commercial litigation head Mark Culbert was appointed managing partner in 2019; director Tom Clark is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):Mark Culbert; Tom Clark


'Great, practical advice from experienced solicitors'.

'Mark Culbert is steady under fire'.

'Tom Clark is a committed and adept operator'.

Key Clients

Mitchells & Butlers

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents


Interquest Group

G&C Systems

Women’s Aid

Goldsmith Jewellers

Kwik Fit

T M Lewin

Majestic Wine

La Tasca

Arnold Clark

William Russell

The Evergreen Group



H Tempest

Work highlights

  • Acted for a number of High Street retailers in group litigation action against MasterCard and Visa in relation to interchange fees.

Kennedys' Ben Aram leads the international arbitration and commercial litigation team in London and focuses on cases with international dimensions; Dino Paganuzzi is recommended for insolvency-related disputes, along with banking and commercial litigation and fraud matters.

Practice head(s):Ben Aram

Other key lawyers: Dino Paganuzzi 

Laytons LLP has a significant, cross-border caseload, with particular strength in litigation involving financial services, real estate and construction, shareholders and partnerships, IP, and product liability. Geraint Thomas heads the team, which also includes John Abbott.

Practice head(s):Geraint Thomas 

Other key lawyers:John Abbott

Locke Lord LLP 's 'team is very knowledgeable and commercially minded'. Its litigators are experienced in disputes that involve aviation, banking, energy, construction, corporate law, insolvency, insurance and real estate. Joseph Kosky, Kevin Heath and David Grant are the names to note.

Practice head(s):Joseph Kosky; Kevin Heath

Other key lawyers:David Grant


'Happy to listen to clients' ideas and create a collaborative approach'.

'Kevin Heath has expert knowledge'.

Key Clients

Government of Iraq

Glengary Overseas

Close Brothers

Shawbrook Bank

Liberty Leasing ‎



ING Lease (UK)

Work highlights

  • Represented Close Brothers in a misrepresentation ‎dispute with a supplier.

Marriott Harrison LLP's 'commercial litigation team is solutions focused and provides well-targeted, savvy advice'. Tamar Halevy advises on director and shareholder disputes, breaches of contracts and trusts, fraud, and professional negligence. Jim Mackie is the other partner to note.

Practice head(s):Tamar Halevy

Other key lawyers:Jim Mackie


'The team provides high-quality litigation advice, and has excellent practical skills and a strong understanding of the matters it deals with'.

'Tamar Halevy has an excellent intellectual grasp of legal problems and fantastic knowledge of the law'.

'Jim Mackie has seen it all and is unflustered by anything the other side might raise'.

Key Clients

Mobeus Private Equity Partners

UAB Avion Express

Ross Hare

MAC Aero Interiors

Work highlights

  • Represented Ross Hare in a breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation claim that related to a South African game farm and resort.

Olephant Solicitors is 'a real boutique litigation firm that is very client focused'. It is experienced in disputes surrounding company law and shareholder disputes, and claims involving civil fraud and injunctive relief. Founder Jan Mugerwa heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jan Mugerwa 


'Partners provide excellent attention to detail'.

'Jan Murgerwa has huge experience in complex commercial and company litigation'.

Paul Hastings LLP's Simon Airey specialises in global investigations, financial and regulatory crime, bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud inquiries, and data breaches.  Fellow investigations partner Morgan Miller splits his time between Washington DC and London.

Other key lawyers:Simon Airey

Rosenblatt recently hired Joseph McCormick and Danielle Carr from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  and SCA ONTIER LLP, respectively. Anthony Field is noted for commercial, company and shareholder matters, banking disputes and negligence claims.The disputes team frequently works with other practices within the firm to create cross-disciplinary teams and has experience implementing measures such as freezing orders and search and seizure orders, injunctions. The firm is also able to offer alternative fee arrangements and is open to discussing third party funding or After Event Insurance (ATE) with clients where relevant.

Other key lawyers:Joseph McCormick; Danielle Carr; Anthony Field

Shepherd and Wedderburn is experienced in disputes involving retail, hotels and leisure, health and safety, food and drink, sport, energy, utilities, financial services, and real estate. Philip Sewell, Claire Stockford and recently promoted partner Ben Pilbrow are the principal advisers.

Practice head(s):Philip Sewell

Other key lawyers:Claire Stockford; Ben Pilbrow

Key Clients

Air Technology Systems

Busaba Eat Thai

Clydesdale Bank

EMFC Loan Syndications

Epic Games


HSS Hire

Macdonald Resorts


Nicholas Faulks


Scandinavian Airline System

Sheffield United

Standford Properties

Surefoot Solutions

Wells Fargo Bank

Zeus Software

Work highlights

  • Acted for Zeus Enterprises (trading as Yieldify) in a disputed commercial contract debt recovery matter.

Sheridans commercial litigation work predominantly involves media and IP matters, including copyright and other IP and reputational issues. The team is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution methods including arbitration and mediation. Senior partner Michael Thomas and Theo Solley are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):Michael Thomas; Theo Solley


'Theo Solley is reliable, diligent and very attentive to clients' requests'.

Key Clients

RLM & Co

Callenders & Co

Lockhart & Co

Financial Services Commission (Mauritius)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Rain Forest Resorts in relation to a  freezing order.

Simons Muirhead & Burton is 'a very serious firm that delivers results'. It is best known for its media litigation practice but also acts in disputes involving luxury hotels, public real estate, aviation and commercial shipping. Managing partner Razi Mireskandari heads the dispute resolution team, which also includes Stephen Shotnes, Maninder Gill and consultant Peter Gould; Jeffrey Smele was made up to  partner.

Practice head(s):Razi Mireskandari

Other key lawyers:Stephen Shotnes; Maninder Gill; Peter Gould; Jeffrey Smele


'A dynamic and collaborative ethos and has strength in media- related disputes'.

'Razi Mireskandari is able to stand back and view the issues in the context of  the client's longer-term needs'.

'Peter Gould is indefatigable in supporting his clients' interests, immersing himself in the detail of cases to secure the best outcome he can for them'.


Key Clients

Ionnis Kent

Parish Council of Chalfont St Peter

John Robson and Alfred Chubb

David Bailey

Keith Collins

Discovery Yachts Group

Executive Aircraft Sales

GRP Mina

Work highlights

  • Acted for a joint venture partner in precedent-setting High Court litigation concerning the test to determine a duty of good faith in commercial contracts.

Solomon Taylor & Shaw is 'particularly good at addressing clients' concerns and making the litigation process as easy as possible'. The practice is focused on commercial litigation, including partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency-related litigation, and classic and supercar litigation. Mark Summerfield is highly regarded.

Practice head(s):Mark Summerfield


'A strong London litigation service at a sensible price'.

'Mark Summerfield has very good judgement and an excellent manner with his clients'.

Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP is 'a niche practice that adopts a partner-led approach on cases rather than using a large team'. It has expanded its London capabilities beyond its traditional trade and export finance expertise to include banking, finance and insurance disputes. Insurance and dispute resolution partner Marian Boyle's practice also includes cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):Marian Boyle


'The team's management of cases is impressive'.

'Marian Boyle is truly a force to be reckoned with - she is intelligent, tough and responsive to clients' needs'.

Key Clients


Weightmans LLP' areas of specialism include partnership and shareholder disputes, injunctions, construction and engineering-related claims, and financial services disputes. The team includes Andrew Cromby, who has a particular focus on partnership disputes, James Denison , who specialises in defending claims against investment intermediaries, insurance brokers and construction professionals, and principal associate Simon Adam.

Other key lawyers:Andrew Cromby; James Denison; Simon Adam

Key Clients



Aspen Risk Management

AXA Insurance UK


Markel (UK) and Markel International


Hamilton Underwriting

Duff and Phelps

Investec (Channel Islands)

Most of Wiggin LLP's commercial litigation work is focused on the media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming sectors. Caroline Kean is litigation head, Alan Owens is a technology litigation specialist, and Matthew Dando was appointed partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):Caroline Kean

Other key lawyers:Alan Owens; Matthew Dando


'Excellent on commercial disputes in the media industry'.

Key Clients

The Ingenious Group


Twentieth Century Fox



Recorded Picture Company

Mister Smith Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Acted for Larkhark Films in a dispute with European Film Bonds over an insurance claim, which related to the completion and delivery of a film called Starbright.

Commodities disputes

Index of tables

  1. Commodities disputes
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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Clyde & Co LLP acts for clients across the entire commodities supply chain on a global basis, with the practice in London playing a pivotal role in the firm's international network. Its experienced partners have extensive experience in United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and International Court of Arbitration (ICC) arbitrations, both in London and overseas. They also handle matters before trade association boards and exchanges including Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA), the Refined Sugar Association, British Coffee Board, International Cotton Association and The London Metal Exchange. They frequently advise the world's largest trading, banking and logistics companies on complex, cross-border arbitrations before major trade association boards, and have specialist knowledge of the regulation of international commodity markets. The firm also has a market-leading practice for advice on international sanctions.

Practice head(s):Marko Kraljevic; Michael Swangard

Other key lawyers:Clare Hatcher; Hatty Sumption; Eurof Lloyd-Lewis; Tara Smith; Emma Skakle

Key Clients


Liberty Steel

British Steel


ED&F Man


Louis Dreyfus Commodities Suisse SA


European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Work highlights

  • Represented Petrobras America Inc and Petrobras International Braspetro BV together with Counsel in the merits hearing relating to the declaration by Petrobras that one of its Drilling Services Contracts with Ensco Deepwater USA Inc ("Ensco") was "void with immediate effect".
  • Representing Hummingbird Resources in a dispute around the funding of a gold mine in Mali.
  • Represented Moorgate against Mr Pramod Mittal, Global Steel Holdings Limited (GSHL) and Global Ispat Koksna Industrija d.o.o. in High Court proceedings brought by Moorgate (formerly Stemcor).
  • Represented Transgrain Shipping in a dispute arising from damage of a cargo of soyabeans shipped to Iran.

HFW is recognised as a strong player in the physical commodities market and handles the full spectrum of work concerning the international sale of goods, including soft commodities, oil and gas, coal and steel, and non-ferrous and precious metals. Among its clients are multinational energy and chemical companies, coal and metal traders, soft commodity trading houses, trade finance banks, governments and their agencies, brokers, insurers and trade associations. Practice head Alistair Feeney is a leading specialist in energy commodities, particularly crude oil, petroleum products, LNG and biomass. Brian Perrott has more than 30 years' experience in commodities, derivatives and shipping disputes. Damian Honey advises commodity traders, producers, financiers and insurers on physical and financial trading agreements and disputes. Sarah Taylor and Judith Prior are also recommended for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Alistair Feeney

Other key lawyers:Brian Perrott; Damian Honey; Sarah Taylor; Judith Prior

Hill Dickinson LLP handles a vast array of commodities cases and, though it is best known as a prominent player in the soft commodities markets, the practice in London also has a strong caseload in the energy and metals sectors. In disputes involving grains, seeds, pulses, edible oils, fertilisers and cocoa, the firm is highly active both in the major trade association arbitral forums - The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA) and The Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC) - and before the High Court. The firm has the premier sugar practice, thanks to the long track record of Jeff Isaacs, who is a long-standing adviser to, inter alia, the raw and refined sugar associations. Fred Konynenburg and Darren Wall are among the other key lawyers for sugar market disputes. Paul Taylor leads the firm’s oil trading practice and the firm also acts for clients in the fuels, coal and renewable energy sectors. The London team also handles LME arbitrations and High Court litigation relating to ferrous and non-ferrous metals, ores and concentrates. The arrival in 2019 of Paul Sinnott and Mark Aspinall from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP added extensive experience in high-value claims in the trading, financing and shipping markets.

Practice head(s):Jeff Isaacs

Other key lawyers:Fred Konynenburg; Paul Taylor; Andrew Buchmann; Darren Wall; Paul Sinnott

Key Clients




MS Amlin / RaetsAmlin

Gerald Metals


Addax Energy


Tate & Lyle


Gunvor SA

Nibulon SA



The International Cotton Association

The Sugar Association of London

Alliance Grain Traders SA

Work highlights

  • Defending an appeal to the High Court from a partial award in LME arbitration in client’s favour for US$28m.
  • Acting for Gunvor in an $18m case in Yemen.
  • A non-performance case for Gunvor in the Yemen regarding the sale of 55,307mt of gasoline to Keystone Trade Oil & Gas Group.

Reed Smith LLP has a pre-eminent market offering in the physical commodities sector, with a great number of lawyers specialising in the area and acting for an enviable range of clients across the full range of commodities markets. In recent years, the firm has invested heavily in creating a deep bench of talent at both senior and junior level. Former practice head Diane Galloway left the firm to become an independent consultant and arbitrator, leaving the vastly experienced Richard Swinburn to lead the practice. He frequently advises energy and natural resources companies on large disputes arising from the financing, trading and transportation of bulk commodities. Also recommended are international trade specialist Andrew Meads, who acts for multinational producers, miners, trading houses and oil majors, Vassia Payiataki, Paul Skeet, Elizabeth Farrell and counsel Karen Ellison.

Practice head(s):Richard Swinburn

Other key lawyers:Andrew Meads; Vassia Payiataki; Paul Skeet; Elizabeth Farrell; Karen Ellison

Stephenson Harwood's commodities practice has considerable expertise in both transactional and contentious matters. Practice head Haris Zografakis and partners Peter Bennett, Paolo Ghirardani and Jonathan Spearing are among the most highly respected names in the London commodities market, and they handle the full range of advisory, transactional and contentious issues across the entire supply chain for physical commodities. This includes acting for clients in English Court proceedings from the High Court to the Supreme Court; arbitrations under all of the major international rules including International Court of Arbitration, London Maritime Arbitrators Association, London Court of International Arbitration, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission; and commodity trade tribunals before the London Metal Exchange, The Grain and Feed Trade Association and the Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations. These matters cover a vast range of underlying commodities - coal, crude oil, petrochemicals, LNG, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, ores and concentrates.

Practice head(s):Haris Zografakis

Other key lawyers:Peter Bennett; Paolo Ghirardani; Jonathan Spearing; Ingolf Kaiser; Cristan Evans

Key Clients


Vedanta Resources and subsidiaries/related companies


Macquarie Bank

Gerald Metals

E.ON and Uniper (various divisions)



BASF Intertrade

Galana Petroleum

Socar Trading

Oxbow Mining


Coeclerici Group


Work highlights

  • Acted for Petróleos de Venezuela, in a major dispute with Sovcomflot.
  • Acted for Natixis in relation to claims arising out of a major warehousing fraud.
  • Acting for a Singapore-based banking corporation in a claim for damages of approximately US$14.5m plus interest against a Dutch bank.
  • Represented a major oil trader in Commercial Court proceedings against Credit Suisse, another oil trader and its beneficial owner resulting in an US$18m judgment.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP acts for a broad  range of clients in the commodities market and its dedicated team handles not only disputes, but also commodities and trade finance. The firm has in-depth expertise in specialist sectors including energy and natural resources, which brings in contentious matters concerning mining, metals, soft commodities, oil and gas and other energy products. The firm's banking client base continues to grow, both for finance matters including reserves-based lending and for contentious matters. Practice heads Joe Levin, who advises lenders and sponsors on structured financings in the commodities and trade finance sectors, and Andrew Hutcheon, who focuses on commercial and financial litigation and international arbitration in the offshore oil and gas, energy, natural resources and shipping sectors, are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Joe Levin; Andrew Hutcheon

Key Clients

African Import-Export Bank (“Afrexim”)

BMO Capital Markets (“BMO”)

BNP Paribas (“BNPP”)

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Credit Suisse

Diamond Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”)

FBN Bank (UK) Ltd (“FBN”)

Petroleum Authority of Thailand (“PTT”)

Standard Chartered Bank (“SCB”)

Union Bank UK plc

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of PTT Public Company Limited, the Thai state-owned SET-listed oil and gas company, in relation to a multi-million dollar dispute in respect of claims and counterclaims arising out of the failed design, supply and implementation of an integrated Commodities Trading Risk Management system procured from a major US-based global IT systems and software supplier.

Ince 's  core sector expertise was strengthened by the 2018 merger of legacy Ince & Co and Gordon Dadds, adding to its litigation capability as well as boosting its corporate and employment law presence. Legacy Ince & Co has a long-established presence in the London commodities market and it handles logistics, sale of goods, shipping, hedging and letter of credit disputes, as well as a broad range of other commercial litigation. The London group acts for large independent trading companies including Trafigura and Glencore, as well as metals traders and several Chinese state trading companies and Japanese trading conglomerates. Under the leadership of global head of trade Will Marshall , the practice continues to focus on LNG trading, in which it advises some of the most active market participants. The firm boosted the London practice with the transfer of partners Rory Macfarlane and William Blagbrough from its Hong Kong office.

Practice head(s):Will Marshall

Other key lawyers:Carl Walker; Nuno Frota; Rory Macfarlane; William Blagbrough 

Key Clients


Invicta Food Group


China United International Petroleum & Chemicals Co Ltd (UNIPEC)

Work highlights

  • Representing Trafigura Trading LLC in a $6m dispute against Shell Western Supply and Trading Ltd.
  • A commercial contractual dispute between Glencore and Springfield Energy Limited in respect of contracts for the sale of gasoil and gasoline.

At Linklaters LLP, the commodities practice spans the firm's global network and handles regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. The firm's standing in the energy market stems from its highly regarded energy, natural resource and mining practices, which bring together expertise in London, New York and Singapore, as well as in other key financial centres such as Beijing, Dubai, Germany, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. From London, the focus is on commodity trading and related disputes in energy, precious and base metals. Practice co-heads Jeremy Gewirtz, who counts Essar Oil and Mercuria among his clients, and Chris Staples, who advises corporates, banks, funds and governments on strategic commodity matters, are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Gewirtz; Chris Staples

Key Clients

London Metal Exchange

Essar Oil (UK) Limited



Goldman Sachs

RWE Trading GmbH

Thyssenkrupp AG

J.P. Morgan


Work highlights

  • Advised Natixis SA on potential litigation arising from its commodities intermediation business and its role as finance intermediator in a sensitive transaction involving stranded metal following US sanctions against Rusal.

Mills & Co in Newcastle upon Tyne is a specialist trade and shipping firm that has more than 25 years' experience in the market and frequently competes with larger London-based firms for a role in Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) and Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA) arbitrations. It acts for multinational trading houses, as well as for smaller market participants. Neville Hopper is the key contact and he is often present in shipping and commodity arbitrations under London Maritime Arbitrators Association, GAFTA,  FOSFA, Sugar, London Court of International Arbitration and International Court of Arbitration rules, as well as in High Court proceedings. Key partner Jonathan Green has a similar practice due to his focus on charterparty, international sale contract and bill of lading matters. Simon Williams, who focuses predominantly on ship construction, conversion and repair disputes, is also a key figure in the firm's commodities disputes practice.

Practice head(s):Neville Hopper

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Green

Norton Rose Fulbright handles the full range of matters arising from the production, shipping,  transportation, warehousing, collateral management, financing and hedging of physical commodities, and it frequently has a role in complex trading and regulatory disputes. Among its clients are banks, national and international development finance institutions, traders, producers and exporters in both emerging and developed markets. Global head of trade finance Nicholas (Nick) Grandage is now based in New York, but the London office retains significant expertise and a diverse client base comprising international commodity and agricultural producers, traders, banks and financial institutions. Andrew Wood, who specialises in structured finance transactions in the commodities sector, is now the key contact in London. Litigators Neil Miller, whose practice focuses on the energy, trading and shipping industries, Holly Stebbing, and regulatory specialist Jonathan Herbst, who is global head of financial services, are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Nick Grandage

Other key lawyers:Andrew Wood; Neil Miller

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP was formed in summer 2019 when legacy Penningtons Manches combined with shipping specialist Thomas Cooper. As a result, its international trade and commodities group is well known for its sector expertise and its diverse client base. The firm has long-standing relationships with the key trade associations and frequently handles Grain and Feed Trade Association and Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations arbitrations. It is also now legal adviser to the  Refined Sugar Association. Practice heads George Mingay, who joined in late 2018 from Clyde & Co LLP, Mark Sachs and Lisa Hillary work closely with the firm's shipping and trade finance practices, as well as teams in Singapore and Brazil, which are key hubs for the commodities industry. Mingay focuses predominantly on matters in the sugar market, while Sachs frequently handles arbitrations involving Chinese entities and commodity derivatives.

Practice head(s):George Mingay; Mark Sachs; Lisa Hillary

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is a specialist litigation boutique that has developed a strong standing in the commodities arena under the guidance of Ted Greeno, who is chair of the firm's energy litigation practice as well as co-managing partner of the London office. The firm has built its standing in the market over the last four years with a growing caseload for trading houses and extraction companies, and is highly regarded for undertaking complex and business-critical cases, often against established industry players. Partner Jenni Lajzerowicz is a highly experienced oil, gas and commodities disputes specialist, whose recent work includes matters relating to upstream projects,  downstream trading and the transport of oil.  She also advises on cases involving gas, LNG and soft commodities. James Bremen not only leads the construction and engineering practice, but also handles oil and metals trading and offtake disputes, and partner Nick Marsh is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ted Greeno

Other key lawyers:Jenni Lajzerowicz; James Bremen

Since his arrival at RPC in 2016, Stuart Shepherd has significantly boosted the firm's capability in commodities disputes. The commercial disputes practice already had a track record in this area, but Shepherd's 28 years' experience acting for commodity traders and handling a wide range of contentious physical trading and shipping matters, has helped the firm leverage its global offering through London, working closely with its offices in Singapore and Hong Kong. Shepherd is a vastly experienced international trade lawyer who handles matters related to both soft and hard commodities, including oil and gas, metals and ores.

Practice head(s):Stuart Shepherd

Key Clients

Dukkar SA N

Celixore AB

Holt Global Group Limited

Alvari SA

Raizen Trading LLP

Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sberbank in relation to recovery  - which  included proceedings in the Singapore Courts - relating to the disappearance of a cargo of nickel the bank had financed.

Ashurst has a global practice that encompasses lawyers in London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia and the US who have expertise in physical commodities and commodity derivatives trading and financing. Dispute resolution is a key element of this practice, which acts for producers, traders and investment banks. In London, the team handles contentious matters arising from commodities trading, structured finance transactions, project and acquisition financings, and M&A deals in the energy sector. Key to this practice is work for investment banks and trading houses on bespoke, long-term physical trading arrangements, which can also lead to litigation or arbitration. Oil and gas expert Philip Thomson leads the practice and specialises in the development and financing of LNG plants, pipelines and petrochemical facilities, as well as commodity trading transactions.

Practice head(s):Philip Thomson

DWF handles large disputes with instructions from international traders, charterers and shipowners, as well as marine insurers. Its matters often involve piracy, theft or detention of cargo. Although its focus is primarily on shipping and insurance, the firm also handles significant cases in the commodities sphere, notably for large trading houses such as Trafigura. The firm is also known for its innovative products and cost-effective case handling methodologies, including a case-handling software product that enables traders, ship managers and insurers to contest smaller cases and track the evolution and development of each claim at every stage. The London practice, which works closely with the commodities group in Paris, frequently handles international commercial arbitrations and litigation, in both English and French, in many jurisdictions. The firm has been involved in cases stemming from high-profile incidents in Sierra Leone, Guinea, South Africa, Singapore and Malaysia.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Moss

Other key lawyers:Antony Woodhouse; John Groome; Iftikhar Ali; Elliott Bromley; Peter Olymbios

Key Clients

Trafigura Beheer BV

HDI Gerling Verzekeringen NV

Tonkolili Iron Ore (SL) Ltd

Shandong Steel

MS Amlin Marine

Travelers Marine

Willis Marine International Trade & Logistics

Cronimet Eesti Metall

Van Dalen Metals Recycling & Trading

Nimex Petroleum

Impala Terminals

Vallis Commodities

Vallis Group Limited


American Bureau of Shipping

Fusion Insurance

Chaucer Syndicates

Berkshire Hathaway

PS Maritime

Lighthouse SPA



Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Tonkolili Iron Ore (SL) Ltd, owned by parent company, Shandong Steel in a large, high profile action brought by villagers in the Tonkolili region of Sierra Leone.
  • Representing Dual Australia in an action against another insurer involving double insurance.
  • Representing a large commodities company in a claim involving the theft of a large amount of metal from a warehouse in Morocco, North Africa.
  • Acting for Fusion Insurance Services Ltd in a subrogated recovery action.
  • Acting in a dispute which involves long standing litigation between the Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto and Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz.

Gateley Plc frequently handles Grain and Feed Trade Association and Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations arbitrations and has extensive experience in disputes under other arbitration rules including the Refined Sugar Association, London Metal Exchange, International Court of Arbitration  and London Court of International Arbitration. Practice head Nicholas Walser has more than 35 years’ experience in this field, and also advises commodity inspection and certification companies. He is often consulted by French commodity trading houses, either directly or by referrals from French maritime lawyers. Commodities disputes are handled by the firm's shipping and transport practice, which covers matters relating to contracts of sale, insurance issues, demurrage or other charterparty issues. The team’s experience covers a wide range of commodities including wheat, maize, barley, soybeans, palm oil, rice, sunflower seeds, raw and refined sugar, petroleum products, coal and steel.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Walser

Other key lawyers:Paul Dickie; Brian Taylor

Work highlights